I had intended to plant a hedge along the retaining wall that we got built last summer. But somehow summer ended and I hadn’t even started planting. This year it’s definitely happening (and one of the three sections is already done).

What I hadn’t planned for were the weeds that came up in the meantime. It’s only half a year, I thought – how weedy can it get in that time? Plenty, it turns out. The earth along the wall that was bare last autumn is now covered in greater celandine, white nettle, couch grass and other unwelcome plants. They have… spread like weeds. Now I’ve spent a full day in total digging them up and carting away several barrowloads of biomass. Never again will I underestimate their growing power.