First let me start by saying this was one of the best birthday presents I have ever received.  My friend and co-blog writer Chris, gave me time to help me in my garden.  These days I value time more than I have ever in my life.

Plus spring is a busy season for us dirt diggers. Here is what we did with that time in the garden. Two gardeners are always better than one.

Check out the before and after pictures: Incredible.

BEFORE

Look at this lonely chair that actually was missing a slat.  I painted it a couple of years ago and really haven't done anything with it.

Look at this lonely chair that actually was missing a slat. I painted it a couple of years ago and really haven’t done anything with it.

AFTER

WOW....we took chairs, pots and plants from around and look how it all turned out.  We even used my "Tiki Bar" sign.

WOW….we took chairs, pots and plants from around and look how it all turned out. We even used my “Tiki Bar” sign.

Here is the to do list:

AFTERNOON 1:

  1. We started with one bed at a time.  We weeded, added fertilizer and cut back all the perennials.
  2. Then we assessed if plants were happy in their spots.  We moved 4 shrubs into new homes. WARNING: be careful how many you move in the spring.  You must water them religiously during the summer.
  3. We moved pots and furniture  around. Chris has vision…I haven’t developed mine yet.
  4. We stopped, had some wine and celebrated our accomplishments. We scheduled next session.
Adding the bird feeder and pots together helped with the structure.

Adding the bird feeder and pots together helped with the structure.

AFTERNOON 2:

  1. We planted the shrubs and trees I got from various plant sales and swaps- another 5 in total.
  2. We added soil conditioner and mushroom compost to my soil…it was a little dense.  Good tip to remember.
  3. We planted my fruit bushes – blueberries and blackberries.
  4. We turned the rest of the veggie bed to prep for tomatoes and other summer goodies.
Beds have new blueberry and blackberry bushes.  Bring on the tomatoes!

Beds have new blueberry and blackberry bushes. Bring on the tomatoes!

AFTERNOON 3:  …which was a bonus and not really part of my present

Chris showed up with her wonder-man husband Bill to help limb up some trees to offer more sunshine.  It is a amazing what one can do with a bow saw, tree pruners and a ladder. NOTE…I held the ladder – it was a very important job!

WOW…it was transformative.  Thanks Chris. Thanks Bill. Best gift ever…

You should find a pal and help each other in each garden.  It’s more fun and you get soooooo much more done.

Happy Gardening!

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