A Picton resident is still trying to clear a mountain of dirt from her garden after a mud slip in September.
Janine Read, of Wellington St, said she was waiting for Earthquake Commission engineers to remove a buildup of earth and debris behind her retaining wall so she could start work on her garden.
But Ms Read was worried that another downpour could undo all her hard work.
She was thankful she had not started planting her vegetable garden when the slip happened.
"I would have been heartbroken losing it all if I had," she said.
"Our property manager has been really good to us and brought in a small Dingo digger so we could mostly clear the top garden."
The top level still had an inch or two of dry mud covering the lawn and garden beds, but was accessible, Ms Read said.
EQC engineers visited the property last week.
"They want to secure it before the next big rain or a possible earthquake might bring more of the rubble and mud into our yard," she said. "Once the cleaning above the retainer wall is done we will try to cart away the mountain of mud. [It's] not worth doing it and then it rains and we have to do it a second time."
However, Marlborough District Council operations and maintenance engineer Stephen Rooney said further rain since September had not worsened the situation.
"The slip is more of a fluid slip now - if it does rain it will be water rather than mud that comes down the hill," he said.
Council engineers were also on site last week.
"Having the men up there provided the opportunity to clear a partially blocked drain. This will improve the drainage behind the properties so that water will flow away from the houses."
- The Marlborough Express