Today was the day to fill the new garden boxes. I went to the dirt store and bought a yard of mushroom compost. There is a large mushroom factory locally so good compost is easy to get. One yard costs $19.50 which is up from $18 two years ago. For those of you that have never bought compost a yard fills the back of a large pick up truck. I don't know what it weighs but it is very heavy. The truck actually sways when they load it with a full load of a bulldozer.
I started out fresh. I had a new wheel on the wheel barrel and three different shoves to try out. I picked the shovel with the full size blade and went to work. It took 6 full loads of compost to fill a garden box and actually one more load could have been dumped in. I did the first garden box alone before the local teen age garden stud came to lend me a hand. I call him my garden boy toy. Gee I never thought I would be a Cougar but I think I qualify now. BT took the shovel away and said it was a one man job. I have to admit I worked faster than he did, had less company drive by, took less cell phone calls, had less breaks, drank less water and went to the loo less. But I have to admit I know I am really tired and am wondering how he is feeling!
We got 5 garden boxes filled in three hours and there is a wee bit left over in the truck. I will be out there tomorrow to top off all the boxes with the leftover compost IF I am able to move. My low back feels like I moved it all. BT did most of the heavy lifting and I did the spreading. In between loads I weeded around the yard. I know I accomplished a lot because there are piles of weeds everywhere which will have to be collected and swept up into my compost pile. Where do the weeds come from? I really try to keep up with them, they are not welcome, they are not wanted so why do they come back?
I am off to a hot hot bath with epsom salts. Hmmm, wonder where I could get a massage?