If you’ve just had two cubic metres of lovely steamy mushroom compost from the local mushroon farm delivered to your house, and you are desirous to pull on your gumboots and get to shovelling….
If you haven’t worn your gumboots for a while, say, a week or two.
Maybe a month.
Perhaps you haven’t worn them since last Winter, because you’ve always been Laura Ingalls and never got used to wearing shoes except for school and work.
Perhaps you haven’t worn them in a while because the kids use them to walk down and feed the horse, and they leave them in the feed shed.
Or it’s been a hot Summer and the thought of encasing your feet in sweaty rubber makes your hair stand on end.
But…if it’s been a while since you put your feet in your gumboots…
Do fill them up with hot water first. Do.
Do fill them up with hot water and let them sit for a minute or so. You can recycle the water onto your plants. You can tickle them with a duster before filling them up. You can stir the hot water around with a wooden spoon handle. But trust me. Don’t skip the hot water bit. The squishy feeling of a soggy boot is 100% better than the squishy feeling of a bug, or the skittery feeling of a spider, the uncertain feeling of cobwebby dustbunnies, or the pinchy feeling of something else that I don’t want to even know is in there. Yuuurrgghhhhhhhhaaaaachhh.
Trust me on this.