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Weed­ing out my favourite jobs

Now that the rain has fi­nally stopped I have made good on my prom­ise to get stuck into the gar­den.

The gen­er­ous wa­ter­ing has meant lot­sots of new growth across the gar­den.

Over the years, though, I’ve learnt no­tot to bite off more than I can chew.

This time, I’m fo­cus­ing on the front gar­den, pre­tend­ing that the back­yard doesn’t look like a cross be­tween a sec­ond-hand builder’s site and a home for old plants.

I’m also ig­nor­ing the very tempt­ing freshly turned soil at the base of our new fence, as I pa­tiently wait for my climb­ing plants of choice to turn up at the lo­cal nurs­ery.

So with a bulk bag of 30 jon­quil bulbs in one hand and my trusty trowel in the other, I headed out to the front gar­den and thought through my plan of at­tack.

I had planted bulbs in the lawn soon af­ter we moved into our house more than a decade ago, hop­ing to cre­ate a meadow-like look to brighten the gar­den in win­ter. I’d al­ways meant to add to their num­ber over the years but of­ten by the time I got around to it, the plant­ing sea­son was over.

Rather than mess with per­fectly good lawn, I de­cided to start by dig­ging up any weeds in the lawn and re­plac­ing them with a bulb or two as I went.

I thought this might ac­count for maybe a third of the bag’s con­tents, with plenty left over for the gar­den beds along the path­way to our ve­randa, but I was wrong.

It turned out that I ran out of bulbs be­fore the lawn ran out of weeds, lead­ing me to grab a few more pack­ets of bulbs that I had ini­tially planned to put into pots.

A bit of prun­ing also turned into a big­ger job than I ex­pected and be­fore long, our green bin was full.

So much for not bit­ing off more than I could chew.

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