Drive the spade into the dirt around the perimeter of the perennial, rocking the root ball back and forth to loosen it from the soil. Stephanie De Pasquale

I had this grand plan to split 20 overgrown hostas and daylilies growing in my yard and replant them along the back fence line.

Then while I was splitting the plants, my plan was to also dig the flower beds, take out everything that was growing in them, put down weed preventive landscaping fabric and start over.

I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I spent all weekend working in the yard and have only cleared out 1 1/2 beds. There are three more beds with plants in need of splitting that I haven't even touched.

But out of four plants, I now have 35 hostas, 18 daylilies and 18 eyes of a mystery plant that has a root system like a hosta and one cute little plant with a purple flower. That's 72 plants in all. I told you they were overgrown.

The only reason I stopped working was that I ran out of transfer trays. I'm going to get two more that hold 18 transplants each this weekend. Then I'll finish digging out the bed in which I'm going to attempt to grow a kitchen garden.

But I think 108 plants will be more than enough to fill in the the bed I want to make along the fence line. So I'll save the splitting of the rest of the overgrown hostas and daylilies for next year.

My mom says I'm going to save lots of money by doing all this replanting and transplanting instead of buying new perennials. So far, I've only spent about $40 on gardening supplies, and half of that was for a nice pair of gardening gloves and a new shovel that hadn't previously been used to pick up dog poop.

The rest was spent on fertilized potting soil and transfer trays. I'm going to keep the transfer trays and reuse them next year when I split the rest of the daylilies and hostas.

The process of splitting the plants also gave me more confidence that I won't kill them in the process of transplanting them. Those darn plants grew through an old piece of indoor/outdoor carpeting, a rubber ball and a vine-like woody weed that grew a few inches below the ground.

If you'd like to see how I split the plants, check out the photo gallery for step-by-step instructions. I've also posted the YouTube video I found most helpful at teaching a beginning gardener how to split hostas.