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.

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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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