Mud, mud, glorious mud!

For the real gardener there is nothing like a four-shower day. We are out in the early morning, pulling a few weeds, transplanting the tomatoes,

Yup, that’s me after doing some hydraulic gardening. Think it’s time for another shower?

Yup, that’s me after doing some hydraulic gardening. Think it’s time for another shower?

moving the pots of peppers out into the sun, then inside for a quick shower before breakfast.

We need that pre-breakfast shower too. We need to wash off the dirt that accumulated on our knees right through our gardening pants. They are, after all, a little holey. Besides, you have to be nice and clean to kiss the spouse good morning and sit down to breakfast, whatever it is. And the coffee. There has to be coffee.  Two cups at least while we discuss the day (don’t forget to pick up another bag of fertilizer and more coffee).

Yesterday you noticed that the winds were playing havoc with some of the taller plantings, and you really need to do something about that. Off you go to cut some nice long poles (2 meters at least), grab the posthole digger, and check out the shade cloth. Quick call to spouse. “Need more shade cloth.” And off to plant the poles. The shade cloth will protect everything until you can get things transplanted as a windbreak; maybe some nice crotons.

Now we need a shower before lunch. Cannot make a sandwich with those hands (or eat it with them). Muscles feeling a bit overworked? Just crank up the heat and relax a bit, then enjoy a beer with lunch.

Back in the yard, it’s time to do some hydraulic mining. After all, it’s getting awfully hot and a solid spray from the hose is just the thing to keep you cool. What is hydraulic mining in the gardening sense? It’s using the high-powered spray to clear the dirt and mud from the roots of a long-downed-in-the-shade garden. That’s where the orchids want to be and they must be catered to. Turning the hose on all that junk is the fastest way to move it and leaves the roots ready for orchids. Then back in the shower because there is no way to get dirtier than using a hose on clay soil, and you can’t take your afternoon swim without a shower.

Only a little after 3 in the afternoon and there is still time to spread some of that well-rotted manure you have been saving for the fruit trees. The leaf-cutters have been at them again and they need a nice boost. Naturally, you have to get down on your hands and knees to work the manure into the soil, and then it’s back to the shower or you get no dinner tonight.

So there you have it, the four-shower day. It may not have been your day, but it was definitely mine. I may be too old to do this every day, but it’s nice to know I can still go for it occasionally.

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