Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud!

Mud, mud, glorious mud
Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood
So follow me follow, down to the hollow
And there let me wallow in glorious mud

Today 16 cubic yards of soil arrived by ferry to our island home. This was a far less expensive process back in rural Ontario for sure, but it certainly is needed here before planting our new gardens. Fortunately everything is working out according to plan and the mountain of dirt was plunked in the right spot. Two strong men are shoveling as I type and they alternate this work with removing sod and weeds. Quite amazing to watch! I wonder what things will look like in one week’s time.
Tonight our friend Ryan, a soil tester, will analyse what ammendments will be needed for our site before we begin planting.  DSIL and DD took away a heap of garbage (they go to the dump on Tuesdays) and things are really changing around here! DH bought new shingles this morning for our leaking sauna, and he hopes to start that project as soon as the mountain of earth is gone.

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Leo wanted to help Ryan work. “I’m very strong you know” he told him. 🙂

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As Ryan removed plants, Cory brought top soil and things seemed to move along quickly.

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Two Corylopsis will be planted in a wild “secret path” area, and so more soil was transported there.

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Earth-Day-(sort-of)-012bThis Cornus mas will also go in the wilder area.

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We expect this new soil will settle and need another layer before we arrange stepping stones, bulbs and perennials.

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This is a bulb we planted in the fall, Fritillaria Persica.

Earth-Day-(sort-of)-020bThis is a very exciting project for me and I am surprised to see things taking shape so quickly. There will be more pictures to share as things progress!

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6 Responses to Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud!

  1. Alice Jordon says:

    Very exciting! I’m sure Leo is very strong! Last Saturday we hired the high school kid (and football player) who lives behind us to do some heavy lifting. He worked nonstop and was such a joy to have around! I will hire Jake again and give him a recommendation if he ever needs one.

  2. gardenbug says:

    At my age I NEED the help or I will never see the results. It`s a great job for the young fit dudes!

  3. Chris Nicholson says:

    Marie, Marie– I don’t know how many things I feel like we have in common but new ones come out ever so often. I didn’t expect we’d have a common fondness for Flanders and Swann songs!

    We’ve had about 2 days that begin to say that spring WILL come this year!
    Everyone has returned home after being here for DH Ed’s 90th Birthday Party! He was in very good spirits and said he’d never had a 5 day party before! True birthday was March 12–big party with 35 relatives and many F(f)riends was Sat. March 14. Our kids (in their 50s) were here from Richmond IN, Greensboro NC, Salem, OR and Seattle. We feel truly blessed.

    Two DDs and a grandson did the first stick-pick and raking on the yard and drive which saves me a lot of work. Soon the final ice will be melted off the pond.

    Chris N.

  4. gardenbug says:

    You are such a treat Chris! Wish we were neighbours, especially so that you could have a shorter winter! I’m happy that Ed got an extended birthday. My 70th was like that a few years back.

  5. tezalizard says:

    Your mention and inclusion of Corylopsis makes me wish to see your familiar car in the parking lot at Cedar Spring……. its absence will take some getting used to, but I am thrilled to see that you are getting a start on your new garden tapestry. My favourite border is still a foot and better beneath a mix of ice and snow. One day soon Spring will arrive here as well. Best, as always!

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