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.