Latest posts by chrissieB

What to do with all the Horsetail we pull up

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 18:23
Thanks tree hugger will make a mental note of that

A couple of plant IDs please

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 08:42
Maybe it has arrived courtesy of a passing bird?

gardening for a living

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 08:41
Also look at the Horticulture Week they have a jobs section as well. Scanning that will give you a feel for the industry and the range of jobs on offer as well as being self employed.

The amount you can charge for maintenance will vary depending on where you are - not just the area ofhe country but also in terms of the type of demand, here in Brum the rate is around ??8 an hour although if you can market yourself as a knowledgeable Gardner and concentrate in border maintenance you could get ??15 plus but there will be a smaller market. You could offer two rates, with the lower for your bog standard lawn care. But again that is for basic mowing etc if you could offer a knowledgeable service you could possibly charge more.

A role in a private or NT type garden may offer more security re a steady income plus on the job training ( even if just through working with someone experienced).

Might be worth looking at WRAGS - scheme aimed at women but have feeling they were talking about expanding to include men, or they may be able to suggest some contacts

A couple of plant IDs please

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 08:30
Could it be a Veronica?


Posted: 25/06/2014 at 08:28
Thanks OL. I don't drink coffee after lunchtime anyway but maybe need to watch my tea intake? Hadn't thought about wifi waves and always have my phone by the bed so will change that.

I'm a blue light user as well, works wonders for me, but don't need it at this time of the year unless going through a bad phase and only use in the morning. Wonderful discovery/invention, call it my sad-to-glad machine : )

Overgrown grape

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 08:22
Not an expert so you may get better advice but I think that the best time for hard pruning is early winter.

I think that you can prune out new soft growth and growing tips now but seem to recall that they can 'bleed' if you prune to hard in spring or summer so best to avoid

Plug plant offers

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 08:19
Thanks Verdun, I can do that now whilst I source some polystyrene for winter.


Posted: 25/06/2014 at 08:09
Mmmmm that's an idea, although I think I will pick it fresh rather than using comfrey feed ; ) that might have the opposite effect........ Have tried chamomile but no noticeable effect so will investigate, thanks

Don't suffer from insomnia very often, thank goodness, but when it does it's total in that I am wide awake rather than just not able to sleep ( if that makes sense).

Am about to have a second cup if coffee so will grab an apple at the same time..if follows usual pattern I will be wide awake again tonight and then spark out for 12 hours ( when work allows) the tomorrow night.

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Posted: 25/06/2014 at 07:58
Even better - thank you x

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Posted: 25/06/2014 at 07:52
Thanks Bekkie, that's a good idea now why didn't I think of that before I threw out some polystyrene packaging a few weeks ago......

But will source some and give that a try x

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