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gardening for a living

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 23:12

Hi Kev

i am a professional gardener of 25 years. When I started it was a lot easier to get in to a so called gardening school . I did my groundwork in a local gardening centre and then did home studies in gardening techniques and design.

As other have said, you will possibly never be rich doing this occupation but if gardening is in your blood then it will be a pleasure everyday

i would not give up your existing employment at present, but look to get on a home study course in gardening 

best of luck

Easy Fill Hanging Baskets Advice

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 22:43

Hi Chas


Did you find my information helpful

Soil types

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 10:45



it could be that your neighbours acid loving plants have been planted in soil with added peat or ericacious compost 

My garden is neutral to alkaline but I have Pieris planted in there. I have just made sure that the hole you dig for the plant is bigger that what you would normally dig for the plant .I also add a mulch of ericacious compost around the base of the plant and then give them an acid water souluable fertiiser every month. I have not yet lost one yet do to my soil condition







Help! What can I do? My crocosmias have been traumatised!

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:47

I echo what Verdun says 

cut back the damaged growth and possible give then a good soluable feed and they should bounce back

Tought little plants

A week of rain = jungle garden!

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:29

Poured down here in Birmingham for 6 days constantly. I was close to building an ark

been in my garden today and the growth that plants have grown is quote incredible.

But with the rain comes an army of slugs that have nibbled at hosta's and even bedding plants

Question for you all - I have planted up some surfinas's in pots on the patio area. They have grown well with the weather but for some reason some small birds are ripping in to flowers heads. I am assuming this is for the nests, but it still seem strange 

Has anybody else experienced this with surfina's ?


worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 22:42

Must admit, not heard a lot of these. I was told by an old gardener that gardening was not a hobby but a life style and the most content people in the world are gardeners

Can't argue with that




New plant (to me) for an id please

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 22:29

Leaf formation seems to confirm its a oxalis

What do I grow?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 23:11

Apologies for duplication


 cornus alba,  mockorange, berberris, fuchsia, weigela, cotinus smoke bush grace, mexican orange blossom, honeysuckle, clematis, lilac, cameiia, pieris, euonymus, fatsia, hypericum


hostas, ferns, agapanthus, phlox, hemerocallis, rudbeckia, euphorbia , Lobelia, crocosmia

Possibly a lot more that I have not listed 




What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 20:15


Before I trained in gardening, I did a lot of freebies for people doing their garden. Then   I started to get a lot of work as my wife is a mobile hairdresser and she advertised my works with her clients. Love the work, keeps me fit and would do it for nothing 

It you feel confident  in your gardening expertise then you can advertise in a lot of free journals but sone times recommendations get you more work





What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 19:59

Started off as a fireman some 25 years ago and came out the service due to part ill health , but nothing serious.

Tried a few things but decided to start doing a horticultural course about 5 years ago. I combined this with doing some landscaping work and gardening 

Then got into designing gardens and that basically thats my full time job now.Enjoy it immensely and really wish I had got into it earlier. From design to completion of a garden takes a lot of time and patience with most clients having ideas that compromise the original plan but the balance on the design is always with the client 





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