This weekend, DH and I used a manual sod cutter to cut out a veggie garden and borders around two sides of our house, transplanted the better sod in other parts of our yard where the grass didn't take, put in garden edging along the borders (until we ran out!), amended the soil and tilled both the garden and the borders, and planted the borders. What a nice feeling of accomplishment. My step-dad and a co-worker, both wonderful generous people, gave us starters from their perennial gardens ofbleeding heartshostaslily of the valleywinter onionsbee balmblack-eyed Susansastorsday liliesautumn joy sedumshasta daisiesand a bush that he didn't know the name of!to get started. I didn't realize the value of the transplant gifts until I went to the local garden store to buy the edging and saw a $9.99 price tag on *one* small hosta! Granted, the stuff I got is mostly small and I had to do a little more work to get them in the ground without them falling apart, but still, I'll have to write them both a T-U card. I hope most of it survives. DH now says I work him like a horse...but we had a small window between when rains are forecast to get the stuff done. :)
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