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If only I could get paid for doing what I love!

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 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!

Clematis buds

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 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.

Clematis buds

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 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?!

Leaf blower/vacuum/shredder

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 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.

Lupin growing advice needed

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 13:17

Lupins like a free draining, not too rich soil and don't do well in very chalky soil.

Plant ID

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 12:32

How do you tell the difference?

Full sun fragrant climbing rose

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 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.

Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 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.

Plant ID

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 13:10

It is definitely phlox subulata. I have 3.

Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 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.

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