Today was a "farm work day" for me. I have to admit that I'm SORE from thinning plants. You probably think that thinning plants only involves your fingers....so not true, apparently.
I allowed 2 hrs for myself today to thin the seedlings in the seed room, then thin 3 beds in the gardens.
I started in the barn humming away on the first tray thinking, "this isn't so bad, it's kind of fun". Then I got to the tray of statice that looked like someone had dumped a whole seed packet of seeds in each block...and there's only supposed to be one seedling per block. Unfortunately, there's no one to blame but myself, since I started the flower trays (with Kade's help....so maybe it was his fault). I get through the statice and move on to the snapdragons and do the same thing over again....and again in the herb tray....and again...and again. After a couple trays I realized that a lot more muscles were involved than fingers. Legs (squatting)...arms (reaching up for the trays and putting them on the stool...putting them back on the shelf...)...abs...back....It was crazy. After I got the trays thinned (finally) I had to water. While standing on a wobbly stool on the dirt barn floor and holding a heavy watering can over my head to water the top trays, I look right into the eyes of a reptile. If you know me, you know at this point I PANIC. The stool starts to wobble...the water sloshes everywhere...I literally almost pulled over the 3 shelf plant stand on myself before I remembered to breath. I take a glance back up and see that it's only the front half of a small lizard...not a snake. So I continue on with my work. When I'm finished, I look at the clock and realize that I've used up over 1/2 of my allotted time in the seed room! The babysitter was leaving in less than an hour, and I was NOT half way finished with my tasks.
I hurry out to the gardens, close the greenhouse....and get 2 of the 3 beds thinned that needed to be thinned. I have to say that thinning beds in the garden is much different than thinning blocks in the seed room. It's not as exact a science, to say the least. I hope I didn't wreck them.
I got back into the house with minutes to spare....and very sore muscles.
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )