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Inspiration and a Busy Weekend

May 9th, 2011

On Friday afternoon the FedEx man delivered a large box containing 450 bare rooted shrubs. You can imagine what my weekend entailed. I was filming most of the day Sat, but was able to plant 10 shrubs in the morning. Yesterday I planted another 50 more. Looks like I’ll be digging a lot of holes this coming week! I’ll tell you a little more about this hedge when I can get some more photos (this is only half of the plants that arrived).

Last week I posted about inspiration at the Your Day blog. Head on over there and let me know what inspires you.

Did you get any gardening time in this weekend? What did you do?

16 Comments to “Inspiration and a Busy Weekend”
  1. kristin @ going country on May 9, 2011 at 5:57 am

    YES! The ground was finally dry enough (mostly . . .) to plant seeds. WHEEE!!! In go parsnips, carrots, beets, spinach, and radishes.

    Isn’t grubbing in the dirt what everyone does for Mother’s Day?

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  2. mich on May 9, 2011 at 8:10 am

    After the driest April ever….we had some good rainfall so I have been planting in the veg garden :)
    Also plantin lupins. delphi’s, iris’s and sedums into my flower border, to fill gaps where various things had died in our horrid winter.

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  3. Daedre Craig on May 9, 2011 at 8:11 am

    This was the first weekend in about 3 weeks that I didn’t have to work, so I seized the opportunity to get as much as possible done in the garden. I worked from morning until night both Saturday and Sunday. While I’m really happy with all I got accomplished (planted all my brassicas, greens, onions, and carrots, mulched all the paths in my garden, added compost and cultivated about half of my beds, laid some irrigation, and transplanted some perennials), I still have a ton to catch up on! Phew!

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  4. Songbirdtiff on May 9, 2011 at 8:39 am

    On Saturday my kiddo and I planted sunflower seeds, cucumbers, spaghetti squash, and pepper plants (that I started inside in Feb). We had a great time playing in the dirt. :) This week, I need to plant summer squash, green beans, kale and herbs.

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  5. Brittany P. on May 9, 2011 at 9:41 am

    We had a busy planting weekend as well. We initiated Plan B in our veggie garden after some of the seeds we planted did not come up. :( I think we will have to try some raised beds next year for certain things to grow well here. So anywho..we planted hot banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, long neck squash, as well as started some winter squash seeds in little cups. This week we are putting some sweet potato plants in the ground (where my radishes, carrots, and lettuces did not come up! Fooey.). I think we will need to have our garden here for a few years and keep adding plenty of rich compost to build up the soil, then maybe we could then direct seed some radishes and carrots and have them come up. :o) HAPPY GARDENING…

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  6. Brittany P. on May 9, 2011 at 9:44 am

    P.S. It really boggles my mind to think of having 450 shrubs to plant! Wowee!

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  7. Grace on May 9, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Good Gad! 450?!?!!! And I thought I had a busy weekend!

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  8. Sincerely, Emily on May 9, 2011 at 11:16 am

    My Gosh – 450 – that is an amazing number of things to plant. I just planted 9 yucca bushes and that seemed to be a lot. The ground is like concrete and so dry it seemed to take forever. The most I did this past weekend in the garden was water. It is a challenge to keep everything moist right now. The pill bugs are a challenge too, so I have a few seedlings I have started in pots and they need to be transplanted today.

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    • Susy on May 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      It is a huge number, I’m doing them in increments of 10 to make it seem like not such a HUGE task. So far all the mock oranges are planted.

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  9. Marcia on May 9, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I finally got my hands dirty! We moved last year`s compost piles onto the garden and they will get rototilled in this week by a neighbor with a huge rototiller. I also planted garlic for the first time! I hope it will have time to grow to nice bulbs before fall. I keep buying new varieties for my garden (which I will plant May long weekend) and I just can`t stop dropping by greenhouses. I`m up to 4 potato varieties and I don’t know if I won’t grab some French Fingerlings before planting time comes along. Spring fever is in full force!

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  10. Erin @ what the fork on May 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Saturday I was at the local grain mill taking a wonderful bread making class with my mom it was so much fun! Sunday I finally convinced my husband to think seriously about a gray water system at our house. A huge accomplishment for me.

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    • Susy on May 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      I’d love to have a grey water system, we do what we can with buckets.

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  11. MAYBELLINE on May 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Bare root season ended months ago around here.
    I’m excited to follow what your plans are with this stock.

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  12. KimH on May 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I dug up, worked the soil, and planted 20 asparagus crowns on Saturday.. I also finished un-winterizing the yard.. What a beautiful day it was here in NEOhio..

    Sunday I didnt do anything in the yard at all but we did go for a motorcycle ride & our kids took us out to eat.. Great weekend but I needed to rest from such a good time. ;)

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  13. farmgal on May 10, 2011 at 8:35 am

    We had a busy weekend, we planted out at final total 60 elderberry starts for a total of 140 feet of new fruiting hedge rows. We also added in 3 new blueberry bushes and got out to the big hertiage plant sale in the big city, and came home with some new to me, tomato and pepper plants, I will look forward to seeing how they grow, and if they are worth saving seed from.

    Look forward to more info on your plans for your own hedge.

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  14. Jeannette on May 11, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    who do you recommend for buying shrubs in that qty? my uncle is gonna need about that money pretty soon as well.. i don’t even know where to look without it costing an arm and a leg.

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