Friday, March 9, 2012

Playing in the Dirt

That's what we've been doing for the past week. We will start planting some of the pecans tomorrow. If the weather forecast holds, we will finish planting over 6,000 nuts in the pots by the middle of next week. And then we will sleep for a week. Just kidding:).

This is one pile of dirt (hubby hauled in fourteen). Unfortunately, they are full of roots, so we have to sift the dirt first. Hubby dumps a tractor bucket full of the stuff through these old baker's racks and they do the job after we clear the roots off the top of the racks.
Then we take it into the designated area in the tractor bucket and begin filling pots. With the bucket, the dirt is at a good height to fill without hurting our backs--which is great since this is such a long project!

Two people fill and two people put them in their holders we made with the fencing. Tomorrow, we will start putting nuts in as we fill. The pots that have already been packed with dirt will have to be planted, which I think will be a slower job. So far, we have about 2500 pots filled. This is definitely a learning project and we hope to get more efficient as we go.

Everyone have a great weekend!


  1. WOW that's alot of nuts!!! Sounds like fun but hard work:)

  2. There's nothing sweeter than working with the dirt in the spring. I've been in the garden and greenhouse all weekend. It just seems like a fresh start every year and like the end of winter is finally here! Of course, a tractor helps. I will be using the wheelbarrow today :(

  3. This sounds so exciting, Mary! I know it will be hard work, but the rewards will be great!

  4. What a project, huh? I know it is a lot of work, but I keep picturing all of the tasty pecans you are going to have in the future! Mom would have "loved" what you all are doing. :-)

    Psst, also "Happy Birthday" Mary! :-) (((sneaky, aren't I?)))

    Love, Aunt Deb

  5. I could have sworn I posted a comment on this post-
    oh well hows the orchard comming RoseMary did you get it planted. Hope all is well with you.

  6. Hi RM,
    Well that was funny, I was just thinking about you this morning, and how its been so long since I have heard from you.
    Yes playing in the dirt is always fun. That is a big job you have there, but love pecans!
    Yes it was 80 here last week, snow today. I just posted a picture with my fireplace on, its that kind of day.
    Nancy Jo

  7. Oh my gosh! I can't believe you are planting 6000 pecan trees. That's a lot of nuts.