Hiring Hands

Since I have limited use of my left hand and my right arm, I have had to hire help but as they say, good help is hard to find.

My orchard and garden have been neglected for some time; I had been unable to do more than the minimum watering and maintenance. The minimum only enables the garden to survive, not thrive.

I advertised and found people who claim to have experience but had none.  I tried to train a young man from the UK who disappeared after I spent the time and money on him  (and he was scared of spiders!).  A girl turned up wearing all white, including white thongs.  She had no idea what gardening means.  A promising New Zealander failed to turn up too many times and he refused to handle anything smelly!

After training two gardeners who disappeared after gaining some competency, I refuse to give up hope.  A handyman, Peter had been reliable and I approached him for help in the garden.  Surprisingly, though he professed to having ‘only grown weeds’, he proved a quick study and took to weeding, mulching, potting up and pruning with proficiency.  The other day he helped me harvest the worm farm.  What a relief (for the worms and me).

After all, gardening is not rocket science.    I give precise directions and explain the reason for every task.  Peter is willing to follow explicit instructions and that is the most important quality in an under gardener.




About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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2 Responses to Hiring Hands

  1. So pleased you have found Peter.

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