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29 Mar 2016 13:59
I am a mother of 3 who after 8 years off work dreamed of working as a gardener. I spent 2 years whilst my youngest was at pre school studying RHS level 2 at home, and volunteering once a week at a large garden in Suffolk. I have now started a WRAG (work and retrain as a gardener) scheme, where I do 15 hours practical training a week for a year in a garden, with a small training allowance. I have also been offered a part time job in the garden where I volunteer! I know it sounds corny but I feel I am living my dream! My advice is get as much experience as possible. The WRAG scheme is brilliant and worth considering, as you don't always need a qualification to start and can study whilst training. It is run by WFGA (women's farm and garden association) and is open to men and women. Good luck!
22 Apr 2014 22:30
Thanks for the suggestions, I think it might be frost or cold winds. I have so far never had any problems with snails on anything, so I'm hoping its not that. I will prune back and hope for better luck next year.
22 Apr 2014 17:07
I have a similar problem with my alpine clematis, which was planted last year. It grew very well last year, covering the trellis, and I noticed lots of buds in early spring this year. Now though it only has leaves and flowers at the very top and one branch lower down. I was really looking forward to lots of flowers and am now not sure what to do once it has finished flowering. Any clematis experts out there?!
13 Dec 2013 11:15
I have a green D....r which is pretty good at coping with vacuuming up damp leaves on gravel without picking up the gravel. It also shreds which helps as we have mostly sweet chestnut leaves which are tough and take a long time to break down. I have certainly found it very useful, if a little heavy when full.
05 Jun 2013 13:17
Lupins like a free draining, not too rich soil and don't do well in very chalky soil.
29 May 2013 12:32
How do you tell the difference?
29 May 2013 12:05
I don't know much about specific varieties, but climbing roses tend to be less rampant than ramblers and are good for a lower wall or fence. I think Albertine is a rambler.
29 May 2013 11:55
I think this beans growing up arches is more widespread than previously thought...
We gardeners are always coming up with ideas to squeeze more plants in I think, as most people have fairly small gardens. I always welcome any ingenious ideas.
28 May 2013 13:10
It is definitely phlox subulata. I have 3.
28 May 2013 11:27
I have tried uploading photos but it just won't work and I get the oops message every time, sorry.
It is just a simple metal arch that I covered with pea and bean netting and pushed into the ground.
25 May 2013 22:21
I got that very idea from a book and put an arch between 2 of my raised veg beds last year for runner beans. It gives me more space for dwarf beans. This year I am trying climbing nasturtiums with the runners.
15 Jan 2013 11:55
Only a light covering of snow here in Suffolk Coastal. Bloomin cold too. As long as the schools stay open I'm happy.
11 Jan 2013 12:55
This will be my second year of growing veg. I'm planning to grow early peas, carrots, runner & french beans, tomatoes and salad leaves. I have p.s broccoli in at the mo. I grew sugar snap peas last year but after a good start they rotted when the weather became warmer, which is why I am trying an early variety this time.
Can't wait to get started!
05 Dec 2012 12:10
An enormous greenhouse and somewhere to put it
15 Nov 2012 11:41
I came back from holiday at the end of August to find all my outdoor tomato plants had blight. What's worse is I hadn't yet harvested any tomatoes. It was my first year growing tomatoes and there has been a lot of helpful advice on the forum on how to avoid blight. I will be trying again next year, planting further apart, being careful with watering, and removing lower leaves to improve air circulation. Fingers crossed!
24 Oct 2012 11:29
I had forgotten all about it... Now I am eagerly awaiting the postman.
13 Oct 2012 14:23
Thinking back to my college days, I used to find learning a few at a time off by heart helped, gradually building up a list of memorised names, and testing myself over and over again. Everyone has different ways that work for them. I always found associations and methods like that just confused things, but then I am easily confused! Good luck with the course. I am planning to study horticulture one day but will have to wait until all the offspring are at school!
10 Oct 2012 11:37
I had about 2 tonnes of soil after doing some major works in the garden. I used quite a bit making a raised bed for ornamentals, but in the end had to pay a local skip company to take some away in 1 tonne waste bags. this cost £30 a bag.
20 Sep 2012 12:33
I agree with Alina W. I bought two asters in homebase last year that were described as bedding plants and reduced to 99 pence. They looked very sorry for themselves but I planted them, and this year they have grown really well and have loads of buds on which are just starting to open.
18 Sep 2012 14:38
It looks a bit like Vinca (Periwinkle)