Shepparton News

Little wonder gardening is tough work

- Tyler Maher tyler.maher @sheppnews.com.au

When is a helping hand not quite a helpful hand?

When it comes from a toddler of course.

My three-year-old Eden — as I’ve touched on here before — is a very independen­t young lady.

While sometimes that manifests in stubbornne­ss, a lot of the time it means she wants to help with every task around the house — and do it in her own way.

Now, don’t get me wrong — it’s great that she wants to be involved.

But that chaotic helpfulnes­s regularly has me thinking, ‘‘remember, she means well.’’

A recent example has been in the garden.

I’m not a particular­ly handy person when it comes to outdoor tasks — while I love looking at a wellmanicu­red lawn, the work it takes to get there is often beyond me.

Rather than the appropriat­e approach to my yard of doing a little bit each week to stay on top of things, I’m a 30-hour-weekendeve­ry-six-months kind of gardener.

So when I had a skip-bin dropped off out the front of my house a few weeks ago and got to the hard labour of undoing a winter of neglect, Eden was front and centre to help out.

It was not what she did over that weekend that was the problem though — her skills in the yard will soon rival mine. But the next garden she saw felt the wrath of her chaotic helpfulnes­s when she immediatel­y got to ‘weeding’ a row of small plants and flowers which were certainly not slated to be pulled out.

A bit of quick rearrangin­g solved the problem, but all the while I had to repeat in my head ‘‘she means well.’’ Tyler Maher is sport editor at at McPherson Media Group.

 ?? Picture: Rodney Braithwait­e ?? Blooming time: You can have just rewards of spending time in the garden, like this beautiful tree in full bloom.
Picture: Rodney Braithwait­e Blooming time: You can have just rewards of spending time in the garden, like this beautiful tree in full bloom.

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