Which type of gardener are you?

Jackie French
By Jackie French
April 30 2022 - 2:30pm
Dirty hands come with the territory. Picture: Shutterstock

I last had clean finger nails when I was four years old, before I decided to dig up the bare dirt under the mango tree and serve the little boy next door a delicious bowl of soil, complete with salt and pepper. My hands have been ingrained with grime ever since, despite scrubbing. I occasionally have aphids in my hair, wombat dung on my shoes, and bits of mulching straw stuck to the back of my dress which someone usually tactfully removes when I stand up to give a speech.

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Jackie French

Jackie French

Canberra Times columnist

Jackie French is an Australian author, historian, ecologist and honourary wombat (part time), 2014-2015 Australian Children' Laureate and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. She also writes a gardening column for The Canberra Times.

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