Despite my leg, (diagnosed on Monday as both cruciate ligaments torn plus the side ligaments around the knee) managed to clear the leaves from two flowerbeds, plant some bulbs and then mulch them. I know I've said I tend to leave leaves to rot down on their own or be dealt with by worms in the flowerbeds but the leaves from my Catalpa bignonioides are quite large and don't rot down very quickly. Also, adjacent to that, is my seed-grown Eriobotrya japonica (loquat) which also has very large leathery leaves. As I wanted to plant some bulbs the leaves were obscuring the whole bed so I took the bit between my teeth and managed to end up with three large garden sacks of leaves for the dump. A few bulbs later and I was ready to mulch. I use any stable or farm manure that happens to be on a good offer and a thick layer - ie 3-4 inches all over the bed - seems to do the trick. I do this each year and my soil is mostly really easy to work now. Fortunately Mike had put the sacks where I needed them so all I had to do was cut them open and quite literally throw the manure onto the flowerbeds. Luckily Ozzie wasn't outside as he thinks this is a great game of catch and dinner combined... So halfway down the garden now - only the lower half to deal with. But being quite slippery near the pond I think I'll leave it until it has dried out a bit to avoid slipping.