Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Fingernail Disease of Gardeners

It is a tragic and sad affliction: A gardener without dirt under the fingernails. Note the classic signs below:The indoor gardening is just not quite enough. Oh to have the need for a nail brush again! For the moment, the hands are staving off frostbite with Thinsulate.

7 comments:

Jane Marie said...

I know what you mean. I haven't worn nail polish all winter. I only use it in the summer to cover the dirt I can't get out

Daisy said...

Some people have stress balls they can squeeze when life gets tough. I've often thought how nice it'd be to keep a bowl of dirt around to sink my fingers into when I need a little of that "dirty-nail-desperation."

Okay, that might be a little ridiculous, but I, too, know what you mean!

Melanie said...

I'll send some chickweed over right away. It's popping up all over the place and I know when I'm done pulling it out my hands are going to look horrible!

Just this weekend I spent a few hours out there and I had a blister on the first knuckle of my pointer finger. You know, the spot where you pinch a weed stem with your thumb and then pull. Guess I have to build up that weeders callus again :-)

kate said...

I look forward to the day too, when my nails will be ragged and dirt stained.

It warmed up to 6c here and the snow's melting. Still I won't hold my breath that winter's finished with us just yet.

Owin & Irena said...

this disease you speak of....awful. just awful. get well soon.
cheers
irena

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I hate to tell you this while you are still fighting frostbite...but I broke two nails in the garden this week and I had to dig as much dirt out from under my nails as I potted up in a small pot. ;)

I hope you begin the spring thaw soon.

WiseAcre said...

No dirt here yet. It's warming some but snow remains. As for my finger nails - they're looking poorly from scratching the walls due to cabin fever.