The Good Idea

There are things that we all start thinking that it is a good idea. And in this time of sheltering in place and social distancing, most of us are catching up on our to do list. I decided to try something that I have never done but my parents did every year. I talked about it with my good friends. Get a garden they said. It would be fun they said.
Well, it has been fun but it has also been a lot of hard work, and I haven’t even planted anything. It is clear that gardening is not for the faint of heart. First, you have to prepare the land, so to speak. Meaning that if you have grass, you have to pull up all of the grass. Lots of bending over, which even when young is not easy on your back.
And then after you clear the grass out, with a hoe (all puns apply here), then you must till the last. Have you ever seen a klutz try to use a big tiller? It is quite entertaining and possibly a bit scary. the little tiller they gave me didn’t quite work as well as it needed too, Apparently I have St. Augustine Grass.
St. Augustine must have been a bit an interesting person, because the grass named after him is a mess of long roots and vines. These strings of the grass wrapped around the tiller and completely jam it up. I spent more time cleaning to the roots and vines from around the blades tan I actually did tilling the land.
And ten I had the bright idea to just do “light tilling” – where I go over the land quickly so that the roots don;t get so tangled up. I did half the garden and proudly looked back, pleased with my great idea. Except that I couldn’t tell the difference between what had been tilled and what had not. It looked exactly the same. At that point I gave up with that tiller. I returned it and excepted that I needed a bigger tiller. The guy at Home Depot agreed.
Today it is raining. but tomorrow, this klutz is renting a huge tiller and tilling to it.
Life is short. try new things.