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on their way to garden near you!

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 12:29


 I think it's the Fieldfares who make the clacking noise.

Talkback: How to lay turf

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 17:30


When you say they were 'meant to' do this and that, was that what you agreed with them? In other words, have they charged you for three times as much work as they've actually done?


on their way to garden near you!

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 17:16

Better table manners than the Goldfinches then, Bjay.


Posted: 24/11/2012 at 13:15

A lot will depend on how quickly the water recedes.

on their way to garden near you!

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 15:20

Waxwings are on the way!

Gardeners' World hibernating

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 08:46

Not if we have to eat the slugs!

Gardeners' World hibernating

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 17:04

This thread reminds me of the dicussions (arguments) we used to have on the BBC board, and it's good to see a bit of healthy debate as long as it doesn't descend to personal comments such as those of galest about CK. Neither have I identified many things that MD has said which galest asserts are not true, although it would be interesting to have some examples to discuss.

I guess the thing about winter programmes is that they would not be particularly visually interesting, which is an essential aspect of TV. And there are usually some garden-related programmes scattered through the winter

I'm inclined to agree with David K that the last programme was a treat, and a good way to sign off for the winter. 

So it's a case of listening to GQT over a bowl of winter soup.


Trellis screen - any idea how much?

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 16:38

Further thoughts on the price of a day's work.

Say your gardener wants to earn about the national average wage, which I believe is about £23,000 gross. Assuming he aims to work 40 hours a week and takes 4 weeks holiday plus a few bank holidays and odd days to go to the school play, etc. - he will work about 235 days a year, which looks like £100/day before tax. Or to put it in hourly terms, 1880 hours at just over £12/hour.

Now the downside.

He has to pay tax andNational Insurance  on his profit. Until I  get around to doing my accounts I can't remember how much N.I. is. 7 or 8%, I think. He also needs to find the running costs of a work vehicle, contributions to a private pension (check out with a provider what it would cost to give yourself even £5,000 a year in retirement, and remember, no employer contributions), buy tools (a power strimmer suitable for heavy work starts at around £300 - check costs of hedgecutter, mower, etc. - real ones, not toys), buy insurance - third party and his own health and accident. Then a whole lot of consumables - gloves and other personal equipment, office stuff............

Then start thinking about  those 235 days. Just now, when the days are barely eight hours long, the weather's often rubbish, and many gardens are too wet to do anything with (and that's before it snows and freezes) that 40 hours a week starts to look insanely optimistic. So cash-flow will be tricky.

So he's got to work harder and longer when it is fit, and charge a lot more than the above figures to earn a reasonable bottom line. And it's not the sort of job where he fancies still working at that pace when he's 60+.

So don't be too surprised at the gardener's quote!


Planting an Art-Deco Raised Border

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 14:51

The health risk to humans is extreme loss of temper, and only the dog-owners can cure it.

Advice on planting native hedgerow please

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 17:10


Thanks for your reply; I was concerned about maintenance, but if you have access to the back of the hedge that's great. The side that faces the path will need to be well trimmed, especially as there are some spiky characters in the mix. Looks a super project!


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