We set a record today when the temperature reached 80 (EIGHTY) degrees around 3:00 PM this afternoon. I had several people stop me at work and ask if I was tempted to take the day off. Well, sure I was, who wouldn't be? But I didn't because I had meetings to attend and what kind of example would I set if the first nice day of spring I called in? And besides, I always remember that my job is what allows me to buy more than one hoe.
But I didn't dilly dally at work too late, and so still had a couple of hours of daylight to start widening the flower bed when I did get home. After an hour, I stopped to get a drink of water and took this picture. I'd say that's not bad for an hour's worth of work!
I dig all this out by hand. I use an edger to cut the sod into sections, like cutting a pie, then I use my Hand Digging Hoe to hand dig out the sod. It seems like a bit of work, but I've found that this method gives me better control on the depth that I cut and is less strenuous. (Really!) I've tried using a sod lifter, but this takes more strength, so I always end up on my knees hand digging out all the sod. Slow and steady wins the race in this case. (Of course, for a bigger bed, I would use a roto tiller to break up the sod!)
I started out putting the sod in the compost bin, but then decided I should just fill in bare spots and ruts in the yard. Since the ground is still damp, and the pieces of sod I cut out are small, it is easy to just drop the sod where I want to fill in and stomp it in place. I don't even pay that much attention to whether or not the sod is right side up because the grass will figure out how to grow. I managed to empty two wheelbarrow's full this way.
After I took the picture I did another hour's worth of work and am nearly around the curve. As you can see, I move the edging blocks as I go. I figure I've got about two more evenings of work to finish widening this bed. But with rain and storms in the forecast tonight, a Pacer's game to attend tomorrow night, and much cooler temperatures heading our way, it may be another week or so before I get to do more digging.
But at least I've started. And now that I've started, I have to finish it. No turning back now!