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Posted: 18/10/2015 at 09:34

Wrap up and say to yourself I'll do an hour, before you know it, you'll be getting some stuff done. I've been telling myself that the weather and the daylight wont' last for long so now's the time to get out there.................once I've got out of my PJs

Starting a flower or gardening business online

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 12:18

Thanks James for your compliment re enterprising, means a lot as I'm running my own business in my first year of trading. The discussion seems to have moved on to online floristry and I sort of got lost in the detail of your idea.

I don't buy cut flowers as I use my own, but Dove has hit on a good point there re long straight stems and undamaged flowers, customers can be very picky when spending their money as we all are. Everybody expects the best quality at the cheapest price.

I don't have a web site yet, this might change. Primarily my selling is face to face with regular market stalls as well as offices. I do sell on line as well where I think good feedback is really important. I haven't sold plants this way but it's something to think about. Whilst I'm making money  online, be aware of fees and payment processing etc, over time can eat into profits on what might be already small margins. The benefits of online selling means that you don't have to worry about transport and lugging your stock about all the time

Wish you all the best in your endeavours, nothing beats making your own cash, just be aware that there are highs and lows. I found that I'm not making as much as I thought I would and it's much harder work but I love it.

I'm only just starting out but if there is anything I can help with just let me know

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 21:46

Spent a few hours planting out some new plants ready for Spring. It was the runner bean patch but turning into a wildlife area. Bought some more bulbs and planting will continue tomorrow. Most are going in pots this year as I'm fed up of slicing through bulbs in the beds.

Love the plant supports



Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 15:05

Thank you for all my seeds who sent them, and to nut for my plants

Relocating my plants

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 11:50

Plants are surprisingly tough, I've moved a lot in the last few years. If you can pot them up than so much the better. I know how you feel about leaving a garden but there's lots of fun starting again. All your past knowledge means that you can do it again

I try and see moving house as a new chapter in my life, but it's tough when you don't want to

If you want to take them, I would cut the honeysuckle right down and pot it up if you can. I've still got my clematis from 2 gardens ago.   A lot my plants survived just left in recyling bags. There's a couple of other things here from my first garden in one shape or the other, I like the fact that they have moved with me

Hope the move goes well for you and you settle in quickly to your new home

Starting a flower or gardening business online

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 20:59

Another avenue for selling plants are offices. I made up plant boxes for customers who didn't really want to grow things just plant and enjoy.

I mixed perennials, biennuals and annuals all ready to be planted out. All of these were grown from seed,most of which I collected myself. I try and grow all my plants with insects in mind and I don't use any chemicals.So I am bee friendly, good products and inexpensive.  I've had a lot of compliments and I know people have been pleased with them. I've got some orders already for next year

A successful market stall I know charges a flat rate of £1.50 for perennials and has a good range of plants throughout the year. Not an easy game but it is possible

Autumn colour

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 11:51

Some lovely plants you have there Dove, the silver fern is very nice

Who still has bees?

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 11:49

Bees are still loving the Cosmos, what a sweet flower the bee orchids are

Overview of the summer season- How has your's been?

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 11:48

 Runners- rubbish, Courgettes rubbish, sweet corn rubbish

Beetroots did well. Definately a good year for Rudebekias and Cosmos, the latter being late flowering but looking lovely now


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 11:44

I would give them ago, they are really tough. Just try and prevent the slugs and snails getting to them when they are small

Discussions started by hollie hock

Jacobs Ladder

Do they die back? 
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What is this going to be?

Brown hairy caterpillar 
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Any one grown it? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2015 at 23:44

So pleased

Hedgehog in garden :) 
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Sowing perennial plants

Which ones can I do now? 
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Last Post: 12/07/2015 at 19:28

What are these?

Self sown flowers 
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Last Post: 27/05/2015 at 21:48

Birds foot trefoil

In lawns? 
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Last Post: 22/05/2015 at 23:16

Bowles Mauve

Too early for propagation? 
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Last Post: 19/06/2015 at 23:31

Any one planted out their runners?

Plants getting big 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 22:43

Moonlight runner beans

Any one tried them? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2015 at 19:52

Pickled Eggs

Advice needed 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 14:26

Couple of Ids please

Both pink one looks a bit like a carnation 
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How long to leave bag over them? 
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Is this a Clematis?

Not sure if it is? 
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Buzzing Shrubs

What are these? 
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