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How I transformed my wild urban garden, with a little help from a Chelsea Flower Show winner

Olivia Walmsley transforms her inner-city plot with help from
Google, Bunny Guinness, dozens of plants and hours of hard toil
Olivia Walmsley (right) and Jonathon Bain (left) transformed their inner-city plot with help from Google, Bunny Guinness, dozens of plants and hours of hard toil Credit: Andrew Crowley

As darkness falls on my London street, I am knee-deep in a ton of mulch, frantically forking it into sacks, while my boyfriend barrows them into our back garden. There are three gigantic pallets (two mulch, one compost) sitting in the street outside our flat. We have to empty them, bag by bag, before morning and the ­arrival of the dawn parking patrol.

Why did I think redesigning our ­garden was a good idea? What is mulch, anyway?

Rewind two years. At the age of 38, I finally moved into a flat with a much longed-for garden. My boyfriend Jonny and I decided to abandon Brixton after a humid summer, most of which we spent in the garden of the Trinity Arms, escaping the jungle conditions in our small...

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