Sandra Has Given Away The Dirt


When we built our house 7-8 years ago, there was a sizeable pile of topsoil left behind in our side yard.  We had plans for it, once upon a time, but as the years passed, it just became more of a fixture–like some sort of organic, grass-covered art installation.  Neighbors would stop in occasionally, anxious to take it off our hands for us.  Some of them offered money (it being prime topsoil and all) but we always turned them down, even long after we’d forgotten the details of the original plan for its use.

Yesterday, another suitor showed up and tomorrow he & his earthmover will make our lumpy side lot flat.

I’ve been after Sandra to let it go for a while now, but I have to say it’s going to take some getting used to, looking out the bathroom window & not seeing it. 


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20 thoughts on “SIX WORD SATURDAY

  1. Gardener that I be, my first thought was, what a great chance to make a huge REALLY raised bed garden, with clematis and honeysuckle…and barring that, when the dirt is gone, you have a bare space for planting, and something to admire when you look out the bathroom window.

  2. The technical word for that heap o’ dirt is “berm.” Folks in my neighborhood pay huge bucks for some guy with a truck to dump off the soil in their yards and then shape it into a pleasing speed-bump shape. Then they make a big deal out of finding just the right “plantings” to put on the mound, and then they put their names on the Tour of Homes. Y’all really need to come down South sometime and get hip.

    • Yeah, that’s what typicall happens up here, too, G, but My Beloved Sandra and I ain’t so berm-ese. We had those plans, once, but….nah, let someone else have it.

  3. Many associations spring to mind. One: a former neighbor replaced his house with a prefab, which didn’t quite fit on the lot, so it had to be placed at an angle to the street, rather than parallel, and somehow during this project a medium-sized berm of dirt was created in the front lot, to one side, covered with a sheet of black plastic and soon forgotten. This was about 14 years ago. A recent visit to the old neighborhood confirmed that the plastic-covered berm still exists, but nature–gentle but persistent Mother that she is–has managed to poke some holes in the barrier, and many plants have begun to live atop the pile. That black sheet will have made the soil nice and warm in the early spring.

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