“In most gardens,” the Tiger-lily said, “they make the beds too soft — so that the flowers are always asleep.”

Well this lot will definitely never speak. We finally got it finished last weekend, after hours of digging and sieving soil. It’s a bit crowded in there unfortunately, but everything seems happy enough at the moment. There’s broccoli, cucumber, pumpkins, carrots and spring onions in there, with peas, tomatoes and coriander on the patio.

Naturally, the space I had to work worth had a plum tree in the middle of it. Thankfully D isn’t afraid of hard work and cut the thing down himself — and removed the stump and all the roots that were in the way. It was a huge job, I didn’t think he’d manage it!

Buffy supervised, and now and then jumped in to check the soil by rolling around in it. Very helpful, pussycat.

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