Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Playing In The Dirt

It was such a beautiful day here in the mountains of NC! I spent some time outside gardening. Here is one of our raised beds. Do you see that it is filled with weeds?

While I was gardening Woody Woodpecker decided to stop by for a visit. Click on the picture to enlarge for detail. He is huge - at least 20 inches long.

After weeding, I had to add some soil to the raised beds. The dirt had settled over the winter. Boy are these bags heavy!!

Today, I am planting the cool weather veggies. Peas, lettuce, radishes, broccoli and beets. The first week of May, I will plant green beans, tomatoes and maybe some cukes.

After finished planting my seeds, I wandered around my garden and found some Hyacinths blooming.

And some pretty daffodils.

Has spring arrived at your home yet?
Welcome Home,


  1. It IS a beautiful day in the mountains! I wasted my day by Spring cleaning inside! heehee! But we did run over to the condo and see how beautiful the mountains look. (It's a little early to plant but maybe with the beds you can cover them up on cold nights! Looks like a good way to grow veggies!) Happy St. Patrick's day to you, girlfriend!

  2. Yes indeedy, Spring is busting out all over. I've been eating raw turnips from the garden and I am looking forward to all the veggies that will be. It looks like you will be tending to your garden this week. Have fun.

  3. Penny your pictures are so pretty. It has been just beautiful here in Oklahoma too. Hubby and sons have been moving a load of dirt that we got today. I just love spring!

  4. Not quite, but milder temps and the promise of spring in the air...

    Yay for being able to plant!

  5. Hi Penny....Don't forget to wear gloves when playing in the dirt...I wish somebody told me that!!

  6. There is nothing more renewing than getting your hand in the dirt....... you be careful lifting those bags of dirt...

  7. That is some fun and rewarding playing in the soil! The woodpeaker was really cool!

  8. Oh, Penny! I want to play too! Nothing like getting our little hands dirty in cool spring soil!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  9. SI!!! finalmente la Primavera!!!
    La foto del Picchio (= woody Woodpecker) è molto bella.

  10. Spring air and gardening.
    A perfect day….


  11. Great minds must think alike! I'm getting ready to do the same thing today, Penny. I bought my seed packets yesterday, and today I'm picking up some bags of soil.

    Finally the rain has passed and I can get out there and dig in the dirt!

    Love that woodpecker.


  12. Yep, spring is here and I'm sure the heat of summer is not to far behind it! I've been cleaning up my beds too (I really should plant a cover crop so I don't have to weed). That's one big woodpecker! It's great to be able to be outside isn't it! I feel sorry for people that still have snow!


  13. The answer would be a resounding "NO", but it is coming, I can feel it in the air and hear it in the songs of the birds in the morning.


  14. Isn't spring glorious!? We had a beautiful day here too. 70ish and sunny. I haven't yet had a chance to see if I have any daffodils or tulips peeking their heads out of the ground, (we are far behind you in the warm weather!) Have a great week and enjoy the warmth Penny!

  15. Hi Penny
    I was digging around in the garden yesterday too. My garden has benn negelcted since last fall so it's a mess. I wish we could grow vegetables but we don't get enough sun.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  16. Yes, thank goodness... I think it is here to stay this time:-)


  17. I can't wait to get out there and play in the dirt. I haven't had good luck with planting vegetables. I think it might have to do with this clay soil even though I always amend it. I'm seriously considering a raised bed this year. Do you have good success with yours?

    I see quite a few woodpeckers here, but not as big as your Woody Woodpecker.

    Happy Spring.

  18. I can't wait to dig in the dirt, too! And if you have any extra woodpeckers, can you send me one? LOL He's just beautiful, so lovely for you to show us. Seeing the creatures is always a favorite of mine. I'm so glad you had such a nice day, Penny!

  19. My hyacinths are on the verge of blooming. Maybe tomorrow I'll see them! I need raised beds, due to my back. That's why I have lots of big containers!

  20. Penny - I can only imagine how beautiful it is over by you! I'm looking foward to seeing your garden grow! And lovely shot of the Pileated Woodpecker!! (I sent him over from Michigan - tee hee!)
    Hugs to you!! Shelley

  21. Oh Penny! A pileated woodpecker!! I've never seen one and he sure is a handsome one. Things here in PA are starting to warm up a bit but much too early to think about planting anything. I'm so jealous of your beds.

  22. A beautiful Springtime post. LOVE it! Thanks for sharing,Penny! :)

  23. Hi Penny, Nothing like fresh vegetables coming from your own garden. I think I'm going to start one this year. It's going to take some work since I have to dig up the grass to even get it started. Oh Boy-

    Have a super day my friend!

  24. Oh Penny, there is nothing better then getting the gardens ready for Spring and Summer! I hope you enjoy you time out in the yard!

    You ask me me where I store all my decor...well, I you have give me a blog post idea! I will have to show you...after I get it all cleaned up...lol:) I love to keep a clean home...but my storage is another story ;)...I have a storage room that most of it stays in and I have a couple of little closets that some of goes in...but there is never enough room...lol ;)

    Happy Spring, Nancy

  25. Penny, I read you comment on Beverly's question yesterday and your answer kind of struck home. Our reason for coming to the mountains was the same. It just happened much later. We are so thankful to live here. Your garden looks like mine. Weeds! and I am unable to do anything about it yet. Most of our flowers are perennial thank goodness. They do need trimming and cleaning out though. Sigh. I hope I can get out there soon. My dh has no interest in our yard except to mow. He does like it to be beautiful though. That's where I come in!!!


  26. Penny,

    I love your raised beds. That's what I need. I need to find a sunny spot and bring my boys over for a day. Maybe I can get them to do it for Mother's Day. Yours look great even with a few weeds.

    My candy tuft is blooming and my dwarf magnolias. This this of year it's so much fun to see something new blooming every day.


  27. I just love gardening in the springtime! Spring has definitely sprung here in Southern California. Looking forward to seeing how well your garden grows!