Oh, math. I'm all about words, I don't do numbers.
I don't buy into the stereotype, it's not about my gender, it's just not my genre!
Beyond basic measuring and simple operations, I refer and defer to my husband the engineer. Or when he's home from college, the mathematical prowess of my son, the almost-engineer and general spread sheet wizard.
I can hardly wait for spring, so when I had to figure out the few inches of topsoil/compost mix needed to refresh my raised beds, I turned to Tom. Like a trooper he went out in the snow ( I know, I'm an optimist that more melting will happen soon) and measured the beds, came inside and noodled a bit, arriving at the answer. But he's not always here. On any given day he could be in China, Brazil or the wilds of Borneo. What to do then?
A portion of my raised beds covered in still snow
Am I the only one who didn't know about soil calculators? Plug in your numbers; length, width, depth and voila! It's all there in cubic yards and feet, the lingo that landscape companies and garden centers use for bulk materials. I linked to the one on Gardeners Supply, but there are lots more. Take your pick and never be boggled by Big Math again.
Dreaming of this!
In case you don't have a Tom, try the soil calculator!