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Re: Easy Street

Gardenhous@aol.com wrote:
> I hear you all talking about adding new beds and I have to wonder if  
> these hve been on your properties forever and weedless waiting to be  
> planted in or if you are creating them.  I am breaking my back tilling 
> and eradicating little rocks, hauling dirt and building bed walls.    
> Oh, I know where to find all those rocks to hold down heaving rhizomes 
> now.  So is it just me or is there an easier way?

Nope. The new long skinny bed I installed this year was initially 
rototilled by my husband after I whined a lot. (Our ancient tiller is 
impossible for me to start or run -- it's nearly the size of a VW & 
tosses me around as if it were a bucking bronco, & that's only if I can 
get the darn engine to fire.) Thereafter it was just me, grubbing out 
rocks (*boulders*) & dragging RR ties into place, hauling dirt & 
compost, etc. Who needs a gym when we can plant iris?

> Kids here are not into manual labor they are all affluent or have     
> better job offers.

It helps if you catch & train them before they're old enough to drive. 
I've scrounged help from 11 to 14 year-olds for snow-shoveling & 
weed-whacking & the like. It also helps if you pay them in soda pop, 
cookies & cash, not checks -- they love having the cash. I further 
entice them by letting them play computer games AFTER they finish up the 
manual labor. By 14-15 they start drifting away to pursuits they 
find more interested than helping some crazy lady work outdoors.

Marte in the mtns	Zone 4/Sunset 1  Colorado -- gorgeous day here, 
snow all melted (fell Sat. night), about 65F, will be out there soon!

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