Hello all in the potting shed
Last year I bought a 200 year old house with an accompanying cottage garden filled with plants which had been (once) lovingly maintained by its elderly owners but recently got a bit neglected.
I have only limited gardening experience but this garden is heaven and I want to learn more about how to look after it and develop it myself.
My predecessor left me a map of most of the plants, and I have spent the last year learning about them as much as I can and watching them grow (or not) through the seasons. I have also been rather assertive (?!) with the loppers in some of the overgrown areas.
I have two small children and work part time,so sometimes finding the time for the garden is difficult. So I would appreciate some help in the garden, but not in the traditional "mow the grass and tickle the beds" approach that the local gardeners seem to offer - I can manage that myself. I'm looking for a gardening mentor who can tell me what is what and what jobs I should be doing when, and showing me how to do it. I have a pile of books from the library/charity shop, but not a lot of time to read them all.
How do you think I could go about finding someone to help? There is a local Horticultural Society, but they seem to just meet for a talk by someone once a month.
I'm near Bristol if that's helps with any advice.
Thanks for any pointers.