Play Dirt

I hope my friend, Sue, doesn’t mind me borrowing her great-grandson’s favorite request of her to ‘play dirt.’ Trucks, pails, shovels, and laughter follow that request. πŸ™‚

I can’t play dirt here in SC nor could I if I was at home in NH.

I did bring a couple of plants with me that are sentimental because they were gifts from a friend who has since passed. One is a rabbit’s foot fern, and the other is a slip of my large walking iris which I left at home in the 55 degree house. Best of all – the walking iris has one bud.


I can also buy tools, which I did at Tuesday Morning. We don’t have any of those stores in NH so I enjoy prowling their aisles looking for bargains.

I found some really nice gloves from Boss Guard Dig-in, a potting scoop, topiary shears that I think will work great on boxwoods, and a hand fork from Joseph Bentley.

Reading gardening articles is also soothing to the soul. Containers are big again this year because the population in major cities is increasing, homes are being built smaller, plus seasoned gardeners are getting older and can garden longer with containers and raised beds.

We even went to the local MG meeting last week held by the Grand Strand Master Gardeners and spent an hour with a local expert learning about cover crops, organic growing practices, and the production of wine, juices and other food crops here in SC. Did you know growers in SC send their crops to either NC or VA for processing? Very interesting.

If you live in NH and are trying to decide whether to start seeds or buy plants I have a resource for you.

This week I received an email with info on how to order organic seedlings from Stout Oak Farm in Brentwood.

I’ve bought plants from them a couple of times. Fill out the order form, send in a check, pull in their driveway Memorial weekend, pick up a box of Β healthy plants, drive home and plant them. Ah, the wonders of modern gardening.

Is vegetable gardening on your to-do-list? Starting seeds or buying seedlings? In the ground, raised beds, or containers?

My gardening pulse is quickening. I’d better call Sue. It may be time for another visit to Brookgreen Gardens because that’s the closest I’m going to get to playing dirt for a while yet. 😎

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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49 Responses to Play Dirt

  1. Judy, the only plant that survived Hurricane Irma and our winter storm early this month is a parsley plant. I’ll be starting some herbs from seeds inside and will be replanting my entire butterfly garden in the spring. I’ve been studying how to plant some milkweed seeds I harvested before the hurricane. Wish me luck with them!

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    • Oh my, that was a gardening loss for sure. I hope you post if you are successful with milkweed seeds. I have to laugh because I’ve tried to grow several different varieties and have never had one seed come up. However, the regular milkweed pops up all over my garden beds wherever it wants to grow. It always reminds me who is in charge in nature, and it’s not me. πŸ™‚

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    I’m glad to see that you’ve found a way to keep the garden pulse thumping.

    Seeds and plants are being ordered from this house in Connecticut. All thoughts focused on May.

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  3. Nancy says:

    How nice that you get to visit new places in your southern home. Can’t plant yet but I know you are definitely thinking about it!

    At the LakeHouse in Pennsylvania we planted a large perennial garden. It took off in no time! Can’t wait to see what survived the winter when we get back in May!

    Here in the desert I planted to containers of pansies the other day. Roses do well here and I am waiting for them to bloom. It’s a whole different way of gardening out here… I can grow Agaves and cacti extremely well!

    Enjoy your time in the south!

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    • Lucky woman. You get to garden and experiment in two different zones – a gardener’s dream. Perennials are tough and each spring it is like friends coming back to visit. Hope both your gardens flourish. πŸ™‚

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      • Nancy says:

        Me tooooo! Our Southwest landscaping has grown profusely! Believe it or not… vegetation grows very fast in the desert!

        I’ll keep you posted on the perennial garden in Pennsylvania.

        And yes… we are truly blessed to be able to plant in two different gardening zones! Hugs to you!

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  4. I had grandkids visiting over the summer a few years ago and they wanted to “dig in the dirt”; so I arranged a row of “bricks” as a barrier line and let them dig as “much as they wanted” along the line of bricks to the edge of the porch. Later in the fall, I placed the bricks more permanently, and had a “nice” turned over bed in which to pop some daffodil bulbs along the edge of the porch. The following spring I divided some liriope and placed it along the brick edge. Ta-da — a flower bed created! I plan to have the bricks ready for the “next bed” for the “next visit”. They are good little weeders too! Spring calls me to the garden, but winter is still here in Delaware!

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  5. MadSnapper says:

    I have no pulse at all for gardening, other than liking to see the finished product that gardners do or eating the fruit of their labors.. I live within a mile of Tuesday morning but don’t shop there. i have a friend who never goes in without buying something and she loves it.

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    • I wish we lived closer. There’s is nothing I’d enjoy more than shopping for plants and planting them up for you. I have the fun, and you pick up the tab and the weeds that sprout. πŸ™‚ When we lived in the Midwest there were Tuesday Mornings everywhere, and I kind of got tired of shopping there. But, now it is kind of a treat since we don’t have them close by.


  6. Murphy's Law says:

    My garden is small, and now consists of perennials, except for the large planters which will be home to annuals. Have to adjust many things with age, don’t we? Lol.

    Sounds like your gardening juices are already flowing. Have fun playing in the dirt…..ummmm, make that sand for now!!

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  7. Joyce says:

    I just love that you packed your two plants and took them with you for safekeeping, like a pair of pampered little pets!
    You said above that perennials are like friends coming back to visit each spring. That perfectly describes how I feel about my majestic hosta plants that hug the foundation of the front of my house. I love seeing them poke their little spires early, push up a bit more each day, and then finally burst forth in a splendor of green that signals the onset of the best time of year! Welcome back, beautiful friends!

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    • Yes, I keep telling myself plants aren’t my children, but these two plants are my only physical link to a dear friend so you would have laughed seeing me carry the box into the hotel two nights on the way down. You described the spring process perfectly. πŸ™‚


  8. Laurie Graves says:

    Never heard of Tuesday Morning. I wonder how far north they come? In Maine, still lots of snow on the ground. There will be no playing in the dirt for quite a while. Glad you are finding outlets for your gardening urges.

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  9. Annie says:

    Out of habit, I slow down when I pass a garden center. The steering wheel tries to turn in but I don’t let it. Pansies are blooming everywhere here but not much else. Thanks for the information on Stout Oak Farm. I just might do it this year.

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  10. You just reminded me that I also had a Rabbit’s Foot Fern many years ago in South Africa. I wonder if the new owners looked after it well. I hope so. πŸ™‚

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  11. Joanne Sisco says:

    I wish I had a gardening instinct. I really do … but I don’t. I’m the kind of person who needs a gardener … πŸ˜‰

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  12. How nice to have a lovely garden shop in which to potter around. (pardon the pun) πŸ™‚ I’ve never seen a potting scoop before. Is it used to make a nice big hole when you are transplanting? I need one of those. Mr ET has a nice vege garden, but it has been so dry for so long our tank finally ran dry on Sunday. Now he will have to use town water, which we have to pay for. We are enjoying his lettuces, tomatoes, capsicums and beetroot. I’ve grown some delicious purple beans!

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  13. germac4 says:

    Yesterday was the first day I had a chance to pay dirt for a while (just too hot here most of January) and it was wonderful! I ran out and bought a few hardy colourful Marigolds and some salvias, and had a lovely time digging and planting….it’s an addiction isn’t it?
    You are so right about perennials, they are just like friends coming back to visit.

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  14. joey says:

    Honest to goodness, I’m so excited about trying the Wet It and Forget It, I hope I don’t forget to grow things, lol! I will grow lots of things, of course. I will not, absolutely NOT grow any flowers from seed this year. Okay, maybe zinnias.
    It’s so cold and windy right now, just thinking about the zinnias makes me feel warm.
    I love Tuesday Morning, too πŸ™‚ We have one nearby πŸ™‚


  15. The playing dirt I need to do is to re-pot my house plants. Hopefully I get at that soon. When spring toddles around, I’ll need to do some clearing out in the garden and I’m looking forward to seeing whether all my perennials will come up again. Glad you’re enjoying some warmth


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  16. tonytomeo says:

    My great niece is now teaching her great Nana about playing dirt, but she just likes to grow vegetables. She loves to pull up carrots. They still use some of my old tools from when I was that age.

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  17. pommepal says:

    I have walking iris that walk all over and try to take over. Such a great filler plant in my tropical garden. At last we are having rain and for a few days I can relax from my constant watering every evening.

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  18. Oddment says:

    I congratulate you on your many ways of making winter a gardening time. I send sympathy, though, on life without Tuesday Morning. I am a fan, and I love to poke around there. You sure got some good stuff there for playing dirt — and please ask Sue to thank her great-grandson for that addition to gardeners’ vocabulary. Playing dirt is the best!

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  19. pbmgarden says:

    While you’re dreaming garden dreams, I’m curious how the weather compares this year in SC to that of last year. It’s much colder up here in NC.

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  20. Eliza Waters says:

    Spring still seems so far off!

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  21. Nadezda says:

    I love your new gloves, Judy. I should buy new ones too. What about seeds? Yes, I start seed in March, not earlier.
    Have a nice week in warm SC!

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  22. KerryCan says:

    It’s good to know you’re finding ways to get your gardening “fix,” even when it doesn’t come easily!

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  23. Karen says:

    You can take the gardener out of the garden but you can’t keep the gardener out of a garden store buying a few goodies. You will be playing in dirt before you know it as fast as this year has started off. πŸ˜€

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  24. I just got over a bad flu. Two weeks of exhaustion and feeling terrible. I was so unhappy, looking back now. Today I am getting better. The world inspires me again, and I feel some happiness. All I can think about is Spring. I long for warm days, and gardens, and even worms! I long to ‘play dirt.’ Thank you for your post, which cheered me up today!

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  25. I don’t have a green thumb, or gardening plans for spring, but I do really like those shears.

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