A Dent in the Dirt Pile

Today I learned a valuable lesson about having dirt delivered… 10 cubic yards is WAY too much for one person to handle.  I don’t know why I thought this was a good amount or the amount that I needed, but apparently I did and it showed up in a LARGE dump truck.  The guy backed it all the way up in the driveway, which is long and skinny and did I mention very narrow.  I wish I had a picture of this dump truck with about 2 inches of space on either side- and he backed that thing up like it was a toothpick.

Okay, so he dumps this thing and it comes crashing down, and I had a sinking feeling that I went a little crazy.  Here is the pile or mountain (I like mountain)…

I worked on this thing all day, filled the back bed, covered the yard with dirt (for the new grass), and filled some pots, and I think we still have more than half of it left.  I also have some nice aches to go along with the new beautiful garden.

After taking in the dirt pile, I decided to go out in search of plants to fill the space.  This is my first stop on my rounds of picking out plants… I got two creamy white hydrangeas and one oakleaf hydrangea (it’s the picture at the top of the post).

Here are a couple more of the plants I bought- some sedum and liriope.

The last picture is my short planning session of what will go where.

Plants- check

dirt- check check

wheelbarrow- check, almost had to tie it to the car, but i made it fit.

soaker hose- half of a check because I bought one and buried it in the garden dirt and then sliced it open with the shovel during planting.

Kitty ready to tear up things up and cause damage- check.

I’m going to have to save the finished pictures for tomorrow morning because the ones I took didn’t come out very well.  The light was coming through the trees at a strange angle, and you can’t see the plants.  I think I’ll retake them in the morning when the light is coming from the other direction so check back in the am.  Maybe I’ll get a couple more of the small ones in my then too!



Filed under backyard, dirt, oakleaf hydrangea, planting

4 responses to “A Dent in the Dirt Pile

  1. Wow, that is a TON of dirt, haha! It’s okay, I would’ve done the same thing. I hate math. Those plants will look so good! Can’t wait to see the after photo where they’re all in the ground. :)

  2. oh, man chelsea. it’s so much dirt, i really think i went crazy. i ordered it while jimmee was out of town, and he got back last night and just laughed and laughed. Despite the dirt situation, the garden is looking good, and I’ll post the finished pics later today! thanks for commenting!

  3. Grandma Jan

    Oh Boy! Bet your back is aching tonight! What a huge pile of dirt. Sounds like you got a lot done today. You made good choices in your selection of plants – love hydrangeas and astible – they are great perennials. It looks like you have a lot of nice mature trees in your neighborhood.

  4. yeah, it is aching! i filled the bed and put a layer of dirt in the yard and still have a huge pile. jimmee is home so i might enlist his help filling the front bed. I really like the astible… I saw them at the nursery and thought they were so cute!

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