Gary Hobson

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Fork Handles

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 14:14

Peanut butter Bunny...


Fork Handles

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 13:39

Someone who likes peanut butter....

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 12:37
SwissSue wrote (see)
It's for sale in Harrow-on-the-Hill for a mere £1.2!

Only £1 20p. The rose alone must be worth a lot more than that.

Anyway, my postal order is in the post.

Is it still ok to feed dried fruit to birds bearing in mind the young

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 07:57

Ah, but sparrows are notorious for that sort of thing, like rabbits.

Is it still ok to feed dried fruit to birds bearing in mind the young

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 07:52

There won't be any baby birds about for quite some time. The birds haven't even started nest building yet. So just carry on with the Winter feeding regime.

Growing Lillies in containers

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 07:41

If people have pots of established lilies, then it's not too early to see visible growth. I've just taken these two snaps, this morning...

This is a pot of established lilies which have overwintered in a cold greenhouse...

The pot just below is outside, and has been outside all Winter...

The slim shoots may be coming from bulblets not far beneath the surface.

If people have lilies growing in open soil then you need to be aware that the plants are awake, and any slugs that are about will be making a meal of those little shoots, if you're not careful.

I'm in Warwickshire. I would guess that things are more advanced in some other areas.


Fork Handles

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 07:10

Moring forkers,

+4 in the greenhouse this morning. Not exactly balmy, but no frost.

Watched an interesting TV program last night about Creativity (Horizon). The best way to optimize the brain to solve complex problems is to perform a simple manual job that doesn't require much thinking. That distracts the brain, allowing complex problems to be solved in the unconscious. Mowing the lawn and 'gardening' were recommended.

Horticulture jobs

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:04

There are 20 replies on this thread (now 21).

Only one of them gives the fellow some useful advice -

Mummy Muddy Paws wrote (see)

Farouk, you could try the GROW website, there is a wealth of information on there about horticulture jobs, the skills employers want, and the myriad of different jobs on offer in horticulture.  There's a list of horticulture jobs, what each one involves, and where to go for more information.  There's also a list of live jobs on there for when you leave college.

A lot of employers are looking for a qualification (to prove you have an aptitude for the job you're applying for), enthusiasm for your chosen subject, and a willingness to work hard and keep learning.  Best of luck with your course.

The rest consist of a lot of bickering and squabbling.

What sort of impression do you think that this gives other people.

Don't answer that.

You're all in detention. The lot of you. MummyPaws can go.

Fork Handles

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 09:06

Francis, aged 76, is just starting his new job today.

Fork Handles

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 07:06

Morning forkers,

Another freezer last night. Temperature beneath the fleece in the greenhouse this morning was just +1C, the lowest it's been for some time.

Bunny.. wrote (see)
 ... Black as black out there ...apart from stars ...great displays here ..

I popped into the garden just after dusk to see if everything was OK and the sky was beautiful. There was a new moon, a very fine crescent. It made you stop in your tracks to look at it.

Fancy doing some grass cutting today - while the grass is dry - before the rains set in.

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