It was a long day on Saturday. 2nd Man has a cold so he stayed in town but we still had the soil delivery scheduled. The guy came about 10am.
Before the delivery, the cart was standing by and ready to go. The trees are still brown and 'Wintry', but the grass is quickly greening up.
After the delivery. This was 5 cubic yards of soil. It's funny, in the picture looking back now, it doesn't seem so big. Trust me though, when I was about halfway through the pile, I wasn't sure if I had the willpower to finish.
This was it after I was done. That's just a scattering of soil on the ground. I could have scraped up some of it, but to be perfectly honest, by that time, I was DONE, ha. Of course, I told 2nd Family they could come take whatever they needed for pots and containers.
I learned my lesson with the new cart, it worked great but the first couple of loads, I filled it up to heaping...it was so heavy I could barely move it! So I started shoveling half loads. That worked much better.
This is the reason I made sure the width between the beds was 36"...so that I would always be able to get carts and wheelbarrows between them. Some raised bed articles I read when I was designing the area said that 24" is fine. I can assure you though, if I had done that, this job would have been MUCH more difficult. I would wheel the cart to a raised bed and then tip it over into it. Toward the end, I used the shovel to just top off each bed. I didn't fill them to the top on purpose so that I could add compost and other things to mix into the soil later on in the process.
|Raised beds filled with soil|
So now they are all filled. We won't be planting in all of them though this first season. It's just that we figured it would be easier to load all that dirt in before the mulch was down so we didn't spill it all over everything and then smash down the mulch with the weight of the cart back and forth. But this is it, they are all full now, I even topped off the existing beds with fresh soil...now comes the last part of the irrigation to several of the beds we're going to plant in first.
On Saturday, it was about 80 degrees while doing this...now as this posts, it is 29 degrees and they are forecasting sleet tonight! Crazy weather this year. Still not quite the right time to plant veggies but soon, very soon!