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Wisconsin zone 4/5
2284 Posts
October 24, 2013 - 6:30 am

Justin, my garden helper, worked for a couple of hours. He did a fantastic job and saved me time & energy.  The veggie bed I decided to put cinder blocks around needed soil, manure & peat moss. Justin carried & dumped 28 bags and I raked. My back thanks him. Just the little work I did yesterday, I felt it later. Again I applied ice, heat and right now I have a COMFREY POULTICE on the right side of my back (the left side is better). He finished all three raised beds, dumped the garden debris in the bog composting area. Every bed now looks neat and tidy.


Darren, my garden helper, worked on my front yard flower areas. He cut down to the ground all the Catmint & Marigolds (about 80 plants) and then he cut the 15 Russian Sage back to 12". Hauled & dumped the debris into the bog composting area. He saved my back A LOT OF BENDING OVER. 


Both boys continued cutting back and cleaned the VEGGIE BOG GARDEN and then we called it a day.  I am so GRATEFUL & THANKFUL that they have work for me.  We will start on the backyard flower beds today. They will do the raking & hauling.  I am hoping that I can run the WACKER for an hour or so. I dread Dave doing it.  I will ABSOLUTELY have to ice my back afterwards.Smile  I am getting a massage this afternoon, so that will also help.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

Wisconsin zone 4/5
2284 Posts
October 26, 2013 - 8:44 am

I WACKED down all my perennial beds. I had my back brace on and I found a new way of wearing it. Usually, I have to adjust the brace many times because it keeps riding up my back. It does have grippers on it, but it moves with my shirt. I decided to put the back brace on first and then put on my shirt. The grippers stayed in place, gripping on my bare skin. I worked for hours and it never moved. Of course I took a Naproxyn and applied Comfrey oil and the heating pad. This morning I am fine and back into the garden I will go.Smile


My garden helpers, Justin & Darren, raked & hauled everything I cut. That save my back a whole lot of pain. I am sooooooooooo happy to both of them. I will need them a couple more times this season.


Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

, zone 5
284 Posts
October 27, 2013 - 9:34 am

yesterday I planted gladiolas, and cleaned and raked 1 flower bed 1 left. still have some potting to do, to winter over outside the rose of Sharon seed. going to try to bring a cherry bomb pepper inside. I saw this on another channel on YouTube.  

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