Re: [gardeners] Monday in the garden

George Shirley (
Tue, 24 Sep 2002 07:07:12 -0500

I just hit 63 yesterday and it takes me longer and longer to do things
so I can sympathize with Jimmy. I just hope I'm as hale and hearty as he
is if and when I hit 80.

George wrote:
> George, you ain't far wrong with Jimmie trying to shovel water
> since we had no snow -- we have had three pits in the back yard
> where last year Jim had been digging, and they remain filled with
> water no matter what we do...  Have had a bunch of contractors in,
> plus a gardener and a tree surgeon, trying to find a solution for the
> water backup, and nobody agrees. In the end perhaps in October
> we will have a 'curtain drain' installed, hoping to decoy the water
> and keep it from standing at the surface.  One contractor quoted us
> $3,000 for the drain, but strongly advised us to get a gardener to do
> it instead, because they don't pay their men as much money ...
> He of course had no idea that this is the first year in history that
> we do have a gardener -- to mow the lawn, that's all -- because
> Jimmie no longer can walk that much, nor could he handle the
> bending and lifting involved with emptying the grass bag. [The
> gardener uses a mulching mower and lets it drop.]  Jimmie is
> weeding by sitting on his behind, a rather slow process but at
> least he feels that he is contributing. And we have more-or-less
> completed the Netafim soaker hose re-installation in the front
> foundation to accommodate the new plants, which was a very big
> job for Jim's shoulder muscles. One more main water supply line
> must be shortened and buried, and a coil of excess 12-wire line
> must be buried because he doesn't want to have to splice all those
> wires ....   The last thing will be to have my wonderful Mexican
> father & son combo come in on their day off to spread 11 yards
> of top mulch (shredded bark).
> It's taken WAY too long to get this job done, but then I guess
> that if one manages to reach 80 years of age, something's
> gotta give ....<g>....
> Penny, NY
> .
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