Wednesday, June 4, 2014

the pound and weave

A quote by D. H. Lawrence is taped to my fridge. It reads, "I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor."

If anyone's looking for another way to cheer oneself up, I'd propose pounding t-posts. Or at least, pounding posts can bring you completely into the here and now, which for me is something like cheering.

So many t-posts! And just enough time.
Today I pounded just under 100 t-posts in service of my tomatoes. With just a few strands of twine, they'll help those slender green stems support their future loads of rosy fruit.

The t-post pounder is one of those tools that is amazing in its simplicty. How many thumbs got pounded along with the t-posts before someone thought this thing up?

the t-post pounder, superhero arms akimbo
As I brought the twine out of the barn this morning, the smell filled my nose, and I thought, "Summer!" It's funny how evocative smells can be. If someone had ever asked me what summer smells like, I would never have thought to include untreated sisal twine. I guess now I'll have to add that to the list.

Once all the posts were in, all I had to do was start the weave: passing the twine back and forth at each plant. On the return trip, I switched sides. A final tug, and the plants suddenly stood upright.

first one side...

...then back on the other!


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