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Monday, 16 March 2009
Well there was me boasting the benefits of sitting back enjoying the spring like weather and putting off till later doing the rotovating! So much for commitment!
In the end I decided to bite the bullet, put my shoes on and go round to the parents! The veg plot was looking yearningly at me, pleading for some help and a bit of tender loving care. So the rotovator came out of the garage, the extension lead plugged in and I get set. The trepidation was not fun. Everything is set up. All ready for the off!
OK here goes. Holding a handle in each hand, I press the safety release button and apply pressure to the switch. It burst into life. The blades rotating at a fast speed. I pushed them into the hard, weed ridden, stone filled soil. Soil splashed out from the front as the blades worked their way down. Hey this wasn't that bad. Ok, I'm not used to manual labour, but this was quite effortless.
Strange how appearances can be deceptive!!! After two and a half hours of going up and down and then across, I finished. Ouch!! My hands stayed clenched in the same position as they were whilst holding on. And I fear that tomorrow there may be blisters!! Have been told to piss on them. Funny I don't need a wee now!!
But there in front of me was a completely rotovated veg plot. Fresh dark coloured soil, calling for seeds to be inserted into it. Just a couple more weeks and the planting will start in ernest. Just a bit of raking to be done and then all set.
Well bath and a soak methinks!!!
The fish in the pond are starting to stir, the sparrows and pigeons still enjoying their food that is put out for them on a regular basis. The spuds have been put into their trays to start chitting, before I venture round to prepare the weed riddle ground at my parents for the veg plot. The idea of rotovating and digging does fill me with trepidation. I do not mind the planting and the picking......its just the drudgery that fills me with dread.
The problem is that that this spring fell is due for this week, but then due to get cooler, by 10 degrees by all accounts. So the dilemma is whether to get things started or hold fire till the ground warms properly. Even the Xmas Roses are blooming well, just hope the forthcoming frost doesn't blight them.
But for the time being all is happy in the garden. Even the odd bee is buzzing round already. So for the moment I will just sit back and enjoy it while the going is good. So the graft can wait for another day!!!