Posted: 14/07/2014 at 23:17
Machines in the 50s were heavy, cumbersome affairs and grass cutting then was all about neat clips and straight edges and rollered rows to make a nap. In the 60S, the Flymo liberated everyone from that tyranny since it was light and easy to use and had no rollers.
These days OH and I have enough grass to need a sit on mower and OH and I are both happy to trundle around on it but he definitely does the bit that needs a Flymo and strims all the edges as that sort of stuff requires no horticutural skill or knowledge. He likes the garden to look good but hasn't a clue about the plants.
There's an article in this month's The Garden (RHS magazine) about pink jobs and blue jobs. I tend to think the lines are blurred now and it is right that they be so but division of labour should be according to who has which skills or interests and not what sex they are.
For us that means I get to do all the fun stuff like sowing seeds, potting on, planting out, refereeing but also quite a bit of DIY jobs. I have back problems so OH gets to turn the compost heaps, dig beds, carry stuff. He picks the fruit and I make the jams and jellies and crumbles.
As for gloves, I have them in loads of colours, plain and patterned and in various weights according to the job. Some match my wellies. I have lilax, pink and green ones for different seasons. I have coloured trugs too in different sizes. I find an old pair of ski gloves comes in handiest for the very prickly jobs.
Gardening should be fun, whoever or whatever you are.