For years I’ve wondered why I get dirtier than anybody else I know when gardening. At the end of pretty much every weekend day, I am filthy from head to foot. Dirt between my toes, dirt in my ears, dirt all up and down my pants and shirt, dirt underneath my fingernails (even though I always wear gloves) – dirt everywhere!
I see my next door neighbor, Rita, out gardening and she never even gets grass stains on the knees of her jeans. Granted, I have a much bigger garden than she does, what with my “more flowers, less grass” life strategy but it’s still a pretty amazing contrast. And everybody else I know stays cleaner than I do; YA works hard and also never seems to get very dirty. Last weekend we dug out the hydrangea bush over two days. You could hardly tell that she had been working for hours while I was absolutely COVERED in dirt.
I was lamenting this on Sunday afternoon and YA said “do you ever look at what you’re doing?” When I asked what she meant, she said “look at yourself right now… you’re LYING in the dirt”. And she was correct, I had laid sideways so I could try to get at some root that was eluding me. She continued “you don’t even try to stay clean, you’re always sitting in the garden, or crawling around or something.”
As I’ve been thinking about this for the last few days, I realized she’s right. I do kind of throw myself into (onto?) my gardening projects in a big way, which leads to the high dirt factor. Somehow I’m thinking I probably won’t change, even if it means two showers every weekend!
How much dirt is there in a hole that is 3 feet deep, 6 feet long, and 4 feet wide?