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Zen and the art of trench cleaning

Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis JEFF SINER -- jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Spent a day and a half installing landscape fabric on the front and back end of the greenhouse. Rolling out the fabric is the easy part. Driving in the staples is nothing but knee and sliding along on your butt work.

Before installing the landscape fabric on the back end of the greenhouse, I needed to put in some irrigation water line running along the back end of the greenhouse.

I always vastly underestimate this type of jobs. Hours turn into days. I cut the water line trench with the tractor and subsoiler plow.

Now, “all” I had to do was clean out the trench with a tool I used to despise, a ditch shovel. Now we are sort of friends, some kind of Zen thing I guess.

Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield.

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