Farm Glance: The Garden Task Back-Saver

Wow.  It's been too long since my last post.  Things got crazy around the farm here.  Sorry to any regular readers out there; I'll try to be more regular about posting in future.  Though I should mention that part of the problem is a low response rate so far when I make requests for submissions on specific ideas.  Last post I made a call-out for photos of the best part of your produce wash-stations...and got very little response.  A big reason for that is the piss-poor job I've done of promoting the site far and wide.  And I realize it's a pain in the arse to have to go and take photos of stuff around the farm or garden.  But the end result could be so great...so if you've been considering submitting a photo or two, please consider harder.  I'm going to put off posting about wash-stations until I've got a decent number of ideas.  As it happens, I've got a few one-off ideas to share for the next three posts or so.  Here's one of 'em: Last year I was picking grapes for a local winery and it was making my back scream.  I'm tall, and grapes tend to hang down sort of low, and if you're tall and want to pick them fast for the big bucks your back tends to scream.  Long story short: I attached an exercise ball to my pants and all was well with the world.  For two hours, until the ball was pierced by a rock.  I showed up the next day with a new ball wrapped in duct tape.  Same thing happened.  By this time I was the laughing stock of the crew for being the new guy with the giant blue ball dangling from his butt.  Other than the piercing problem, though, it worked so well...

So I made this new model for my gardening:

ball close up

ball close up

ball hanging

ball hanging

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=867664616201&saved

The above video is a simulation of a task that the ball can be useful for--transplanting.  In that the lettuces were already transplanted by the time it occurred to me to get the camera out.  Anyway.  You get the idea.

And so my quest to look as ridiculous as possible while farming continues...

By the way, why don't you leave a comment to prove I'm not just writing to myself?  I know you readers are out there--Google Analytics tells me so.  There's a comment box just below...why not share your thoughts on why my Blue Ball Back Saver is such a terrible idea?  See you all next time...