Gardeners, was Japanese trowel/knife of some sort

Jane McGary
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:43:46 PST
Wishing someone could help weed one's garden is a common dream, 
especially as our knees age. The USA (also, judging by Rodger's note, 
Canada) is sadly lacking in such people. There are plenty who bill 
themselves as "garden designers" despite apparently having learned their 
trade by reading books written in entirely different parts of the 
continent; acquaintances of mine have fallen victim to these plausible 
poseurs. As for actual gardeners, there is little opportunity for young 
people to learn the trade. College horticulture programs focus on 
commercial "landscape" services and agriculture, not on private gardens. 
I know several brilliant working gardeners, but for a viable occupation 
they have had to work in public agencies, commercial nurseries, or 
gardens of the wealthy. When one of them retired recently, I wndered if 
he and his wife (both trained at Wisley) might teach their skills; don't 
know if they will.

The only really good gardener who has worked for me now has a fulltime 
job in an environmental field and his own nursery too. Now I restrict my 
outsourcing to jobs requiring power equipment and brute force. As for 
me, back on two good legs for the present, this weekend is for cutting 
down the peonies and tomatoes, and doing something about the leaves 
before they smother the snowdrops (Galanthus reginae-olgae just putting 
up buds).

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

On 11/19/2015 8:45 AM, Rodger Whitlock wrote:
> On 17 Nov 2015, at 21:24, Leo Martin wrote:
>> What I want is to hire somebody to use tools like this in my garden, but I
>> want people who know what they're doing.
> Then be prepared to pay a considerably higher wage than you would to some
> itinerant guy-with-a-lawnmower.
> If this seems unreasonable, then just think: how many years has it taken you to
> learn the skills you now have? (If you simply can't afford the money, perhaps
> robbing a bank might be the ticket?)

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