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Sort­ing the weeds from the needs

There are some jobs around the house that you can put off.

It might be fix­ing a dodgy door han­dle or re­paint­ing the front fence.

Yes, they might in­con­ve­nience you or look un­sightly but, by and large, you can live with them un­til you have time. Other jobs, how­ever, will not wait. I was re­minded of this on the week­end while I was on my hands and knees care­fully lift­ing bindiis from the back lawn where it likes to take up res­i­dence each spring un­der the an­cient Hills Hoist.

Be­cause at the mo­ment it is just man­age­able. Still green, this nasty lit­tle weed has yet to harden into the sharp brown barbs ready to tor­ture any un­sus­pect­ing bare­foot back­yard vis­i­tor.

Some might con­sider step­ping­ing on one of th­ese nee­dle-like plants an Aus­tralian rite of pas­sage, much like burn­ingn­ing your feet on the sand at the beach in sum­mer, but you only need too ex­pe­ri­ence it once to re­alise youou could re­ally do with­out it.

Thanks to our pair of wan­der­ing, er­ing, for­ag­ing chooks, weed killer is out of the ques­tion in our back­yard, so a strong gar­den fork and care­ful lift­ing is the only real op­tion.

I’ve never found gar­den glovesves par­tic­u­larly use­ful, es­pe­cially given very few fit my hands prop­erly, so it’st’s a mat­ter of get­ting un­der this prickly ickly plant to grab it care­fully at the base.

But I’d much rather do it noww be­fore the sum­mer sun turns them fro­mom a mi­nor an­noy­ance to lethal weapons. apons.

Dig­ging around in the lawn has re­vealed just how lit­tle care wee take of it and it has in­spired me to in­ves­ti­ga­teesti­gate ways of trans­form­ing it into thee thick green car­pet I’ve al­ways dreamedmed of.

I could in­vest in a wa­ter­ing sys­tem ys­tem and slow re­lease fer­tiliser af­ter I rid the lawn of the rest of the weeds. ds.

When I have time, of course.

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