Most commonly found in the garden or tool shed. Used for the removal or change of location of dirt or similar substances. Also used for digging holes and trenches, and various other activities associated.
The spade varies in size, some are long while some are short. Some are heavy while some are light.
In attempting to master the use of the spade, the object itself will not cause the issue. The earth beneath, which you are trying to move or cut into will be the cause of anger or frustration. In my current situation, as a volunteer on a farm/homestead within the Workaway scheme, the spade acts as a vital tool. One which, if not mastered, becomes your biggest nemesis.
Dan happily obliges to teach me how to become ‘one’ with the spade, as he is just as sick as me, of my job being to observe, then to water the plants AFTER all the work has been done.
My current hurdles involve needing to master the spade in order to not be ‘The Weakest Link’.
Three main techniques for successfully mastering the spade:
1) Push with your foot on the spade while guiding the spade into the solid earth with your arms.
2) Once the spade is successfully stabbed into the earth, push again with your foot, shimmying the spade to loosen up any hard earth.
3) Bend your knees and use the end of the spade to lever out the earth on the spade and tip onto designated spot.
If like me, your previous position in the garden has been fairly minuscule and made you feel reasonably unhelpful, the reward of mastering the spade is fantastic. You will now benefit from the positives of having formed a successful relationship with the spade, being:
1) You are no longer ‘The Weakest Link’ and can now perform all tasks associated with the previous nemesis with ease.
2) While using the spade in sunny weather the option of tanning is available. Two birds one stone.
3) Using the spade successfully, requires a lot of energy and works muscles previously unknown to those that haven’t used the spade. It therefore acts as a ‘workout’. In addition, completing tasks associated with generating either food, or beautifying the garden.
In conclusion, my experience with mastering the dreaded spade has been successfull, and I now participate to the best of my potential in the garden, using the spade as a tool I command, not a tool that commands me.