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Re: lefty's


Definitely with you on preferring fork to shovel, but I find there's still
plenty of stuff to, er, "whang" my fork against!  The soil in my yard is
compacted clay with rocks, bricks, roots, and the occasional limestone
boulder.  Even with the fork, I end up jumping up and down on it with both
feet--much to the entertainment of the neighbors <lol>!

I am a righty, but I've had to teach myself to use my left side more in the
garden, as my right foot, ankle, hand, and wrist are a bit damaged from
years of  leading.  (I was born a klutz, and, since forty, have the
collection of braces to prove it.)  Now, whenever the tools will allow, I
use my left and right equally.  I can change off with garden tools easily.
But I can't write my name with my left hand.

Wendy in SW OH

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 5:04 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] lefty's

> > From: Lynda Young <lyoung@grindertaber.com>
> > LOL - In my horrible clay I'm usually jumping up and down on the
> shovel
> > with both feet.
> ----------
> :-)  That's why I prefer a heavy duty garden fork to a shovel or
> spade for digging...it will get into that concrete without having to
> jump on it with both feet.  I use shovel to remove the loose soil,
> but just can't get anywhere trying to dig with one.  Even if the clay
> isn't rock hard, my soil is full of roots and rocks, so there's
> always something to whang a shovel against.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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