As our lives have changed substantially this year, making less time available that we can devote to the garden, working two mornings on a weekend is just not viable.
So we had to do some figuring out. We love our veggie garden, I love the planning, planting and harvesting. It's just not an option to downscale it. Too much money has gone into it to not continue so it became necessary to rethink the workload.
Enter Des. Des has been a friend and handyman to our family for over 12 years now. He is a skilled wetworks manager but is also happy to do any kind of gardening work for us. He is now my right hand man and comes in every two weeks to do the big stuff for much less that what one chiro appointment costs!
His labor is so valuable to us. The work he does is faster, better and more thorough than what we can do. Just this Saturday he removed the spent plants from 7 beds, weeded all the pathways, dug in compost and manure into all the beds and more.
While he was doing that we finished making the newspaper cups (400), filled them, and planted the seeds for the next season. What a pleasure.