Friday, April 23, 2010

Weekend Plans

This weekend we are playing in the dirt. 

We had 12 "yards" of top soil delivered today.  How much exactly is a "yard" of top soil?

  According to, "A large or contractor size wheelbarrow holds 6 cubic feet while homeowner sizes hold about 4 cubic feet. There are 27 cubic feet in a cubic yard, so 4-5 and 6-7 wheelbarrow loads, respectively."

So, if I am reading that correctly, I have a homeowner size wheelbarrow, which means I have approximately 72-84 wheelbarrows to move.

We need to take this:


and this:

To end up hopefully sometime in July with something that resembles this:

So what are you doing this weekend?  I would really love to know! 

Welcome Home,


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

WOW! That's a lot! Hope you enjoy your weekend! I wrote you an email! Hope we can get together when we get back! We always have fun! ♥

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I have some things I need to paint and I need to finish mulching, but it will probably be raining. I may end up sewing some sheers for the master bedroom.

I love your garden plans! I hope your weather is nice so you can accomplish your tasks!

Blondie's Journal said...

You have your work cut out for you but it is awfully exciting!!


Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Hi Penny,

Looks like a lot of work . . sore backs too . . but lots of fun when finish. Have a good weekend.

Julie Harward said...

Sounds to me like you are going to be too busy to care what I am doing this weekend! I love this idea...will yours be just like this? I love these garden places that are planned so well..grow a lot in a small space. Good luck with all that, if it were me, I'd for sure need a good massage after! Come say hi :D

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

You have hands full! I just have a sneaky hunch that your garden is going to be nothing but splendid.

Well, we are going to a Peddler's Faire tomorrow. After that, I am working more on designing a pattern. So far, so good.


gena said...

Now that's a lot of dirt to play in !!!! Have fun, I'll bet your garden will be lovely and the veggies that grow will be yummy !

gena in nj

rozetta said...

Yikes! Good luck, Penny.


Pondside said...

Well, I'm at a conference in Calgary and The Great Dane is at home with 10 yards of soil and three raised beds - how's that for planning!?

Catherine Holman said...

Make sure you soak in that beautiful tub of yours when you finish.

Stacey said...

You go Penny! Make sure you have that Advil on hand too.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Hi Penny, we have a pile in our yard too for the flower beds. We're on two acres, so It's alot of hauling. Thank God for wheel barrows.

I can't wait to see your garden, and the lovely touches that you will create with your beautiful garden ornaments too.

Have a lovely weekend.

PAT said...

We did topsoil moving and mulch shoveling, this week. All the gardens are looking great, so we are taking off for the lake, Sunday.:-)

Looking forward to seeing your garden grow, Penny.

Vee said...

Nothing as labor intensive as that! Phew! Wish that I could help run lemonade and iced tea to the two of you.

Carey said...

I wish i had the money, and energy to do what you are doing. I spent the morning cleaning the house yet again, now i need to see if the lawn mower works so i can mow the lawn for the first time. Have fun, and I cant wait to see you finished garden. You are such an inspiration! Thank you for being you!

Vintage Sassy said...

Sounds like you might need to take some ibuprofen when you are done...LOL! When I have huge projects like this, I am so stiff the next day! Have fun!


dobco said...

I LOVE your garden plan! Can't wait to see how it turns out. I have cleaned house and cooked all day today. Not much fun but am getting ready for company tomorrow! Since I worked hard today, I can relax and enjoy the day tomorrow!

Beverly said...

Kudos to you. I know it will be gorgeous, and worth all of the effort.

We've been very busy on the weekends for quite some time. We are still trying to get everything finished with the new deck, the terrace, the yard and spring. We're getting close.

My husband cut two of our first blooms from our rose garden, put them in a vase and brought them in to me in my office yesterday. I am sitting here now intoxicated by the fragrance while sipping my coffee. I wish you could be here to share them with me.

LW said...

That is a lot of dirt to move...
but I am sure in the end it will be wonderful...


Jojo said...

Good luck! I spent all afternoon Thursday moving dirt and I'm still sore!! The bad thing is that I was volunteering on Thursday so my yard work still needs to be done. That's the down side of volunteering all the time.

Looking forward to seeing your photos of the garden in its prime.

Dee said...

I spent most of the week-end at a softball tournament ... just got home, checking emails, etc., and had to jump on blogging. Penny, I saw your creativity in Fl and I know how your space will look following this week end of playing in the dirt! Will be just like the picture, believe me!! You just amaze me!
Pink Hugs,

Donna said...

Penny, I know it's going to look just like the end photo! Wow, that's a lot of soil and a lot of work!!


Kathleen Grace said...

Yum! i adore the symmetry and neat appearance of raised beds. Earl started building some last year and we plan to add more this spring as we plant. They really help keep the weeds at bay and they look like big container gardens. I will be anxious to see your all planted and pretty:>)

Cozy Little House said...

I was playing outdoors in my garden! But I wasn't moving dirt, thank goodness! (Got that rooster painted red.)

FarmHouse Style said...

That certainly is a lot of dirt you have there. Oh what fun to start a new garden from scratch. Can't wait to see it all pulled together:-)


BTW the photo of my son with the straw in his mouth is one of my all time favorites!