playing in dirt: Shadow Shot Sunday

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I have spent the last two Saturdays doing just that.

It has been a very long, dark, winter.

I have pretty much used up all the possible available space on our suburb lot tilled and filled with flowers.

Yet, our side yard has for the last couple years boasted of a tiny little tilled vegetable patch.

This year we decided that we were gonna “go big or go home” and till up nearly the entire side yard plot

{if the next owners don’t like it…they can fill it in with sterile weed free grass like everyone else in the neighborhood}

Here’s the picture roll with plenty of lovely shadows:

Enjoy.

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step 1: rent a rotor-tiller...let the muscle half do the the grunt work

step 1: rent a rotor-tiller…
let the muscle half do the the grunt work

 

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step 3:add your own kitchen compost, dried cow manure, peat moss & top soil all while getting a workout

step 3:add your own kitchen compost, dried cow manure, peat moss & top soil all while getting a workout

step 4: add strawberries donated by generous mother in law

step 4: add strawberries donated by generous mother in law

 

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Step 5: add 3 rows of pea seeds

Step 5: add 3 rows of pea seeds

 

step 6: feel the soil under your hands, under your nails, smell it, and feel satisfied

step 6: feel the soil under your hands, under your nails, smell it, and feel satisfied

 

This took all day.

But what a great day…i love weekends spend outside with dirt under nails with my family rather than shuffling through stores buying stuff we don’t need.

This project is one of those few pursuits that both me and Mr.MS enjoy to do together…that in itself makes it worth it.

I will say that the added soil and 3 boards of lumber and four brackets cost us $50!

Every time I am forced to buy retail I am astounded and a little sickened at the rising costs.

The longer days around here not only signal more time outside, but longer evenings spent in rosy pink-orange sunset.

Looking at my gardens with a glass of wine in one hand and my camera in the other.

My last offerings:

a broken garden deco turned mosaic garden stones...the babe could not believe her ears when i said " yeah smash this up!"

a broken garden deco turned mosaic garden stones…the babe could not believe her ears when i said ” yeah smash this up!”

 

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my sudden inspiration for a circle herb garden  in the center of our veggies patch

my sudden inspiration for a circle herb garden in the center of our veggies patch

 

wine-ing in the garden

wine-ing in the garden

 

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And finally the day ends on the deck with quilts and pillows above our head airing in the Spring air

And finally the day ends on the deck with quilts and pillows above our head airing in the Spring air

 

Then we go in to start dinner…

Linking up today with the talented and international crowd at Shadow Shot Sunday!

Click to find out more about it or join up, because there is so much beauty in shadows.

Cheers.

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “playing in dirt: Shadow Shot Sunday

  1. Pretty shadow shots of pretty, pretty quilts! This is probably the time of year, despite living on opposite sides of the world, we are sharing a similar season in the garden. We have one week of Easter holidays left (autumn) and the vege garden is being dug over, as every thing has rotted away with the heavy rain. We are planting snow peas, how about that!

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  2. superb way to spend a day! lots of great shadows too! I’ve asked my youngest if he’d build me a raised bed. more like a sand table, but with soil in it instead of sand.
    thanks for the visit at my shadow image. I guess that I’ve become more bold at my age (73)!

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  3. There is no doubt in my mind that I am your biggest fan, and no doubt you get tired of me saying so. I’m so happy to see you all playing in the dirt. It’s so therapeutic in a million ways. “…and the joy we share, as we tary there, none other has ever known.”

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