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Essential reading/subscriptions for a new Gardener

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 13:47

Thanks for all your book and magazine recommendations - espcially to steebe for advising me of the books you used when studying RHS Level 2 certificate - will keep my eye out for those.

This is a great help. Happy gardening to you all!

 

Essential reading/subscriptions for a new Gardener

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 10:01

I have just moved and for the first time I have my own small back garden. 

Other than Gardener's World I am interested to know which other gardening magazines, websites and books you enjoy or recommend for a new gardener who is just about to start their RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development.

There is a future plan to have a career change into gardening and garden design - so anything that will bring me inspiration, confidence, understanding and knowledge in how to garden would be great!

Looking forward to feedback.

thieving-squirrels

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 09:44

WOW - it's good to know I am not alone in trying to fend my BIRD feeders from squirrels!!  Good to know about baffles and the RSPB squirrel proof feeders and Dovefromabove I love your idea about greasing the pole - preventative and entertaining!  Macavitythecat - I don't dislike any wildlife but the urban squirrels in my neightbourhood are so confident that they scare off the birds and have a monopoly on all the food myself and other bird lovers put out - I just want to create some balance in my garden to allow all the visitors a chance of a meal.

Thanks for all your suggestions and help.

thieving-squirrels

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 22:12

Does anyone have any ideas on how to prevent confident squirrels from stealing bird feed and feeders! 

2 Weeks ago I moved to a new home with a garden and within 12 hours a squirrels was all over my peanut cage bird feeder.  When I got home later the next day the bird feeder had disappeared!  Last Friday I bought 2 ceramic open bird feeder on metal sticks which I have placed in the center of the garden - within a day the squirrels had figured out how to climb up the slim pole and sit happily devouring the nuts inside the ceramic feeder.

Are there any types of feed that birds love but squirrels hate - or can anyone suggest a squirrel proof bird feeder?

Please help me to encourage birds into my little garden and put off the bolshy urban squirrels!

Capel Manor College - which campus?

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:36

Thanks Joslow! 

Capel Manor College - which campus?

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 15:21

 

I am applying for a place on one of the RHS Level 2 Certification courses at Capel Manor College and will be travelling from Stratford in East London which is pretty well connected to all four college campuses.

I just wondered if anyone has studied at Capel Manor before and as a 33 year old who is looking to change their career from architecture and marketing to Garden Design I am curious to know whether one of the 4 campuses would be better suited to my interests and learning?

I have chosen to study RHS Certificates as I already have design knowledge and CAD skills but I am really keen to learn as much as I can about horticulture so that I can gain confidence in working with plants in nature and space.

Currently my specific interests are in amenity horticulture, in particular working with wildlife, growing food and the healing capacity in nature/gardens.

If anyone can offer advise or thoughts on their own personal experiences of studying at Capel Manor I would be really interested to hear.

Thanks.

Bees on TV tonight

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 15:20

Im convinced mobile phone signals and possibly broadband have a part to play . . . I went to Suffolk last month which is largely made up of agriculatural land (and probably some use of farming peticides). There seemed to be too much of a conincidence between having no mobile phone signal and an abundence of bees! We were rural and fair enough, there was an abundence of flowers for them but I've been in to other areas of the countryside, as well as gardens and parks in the UK where bees should be thriving but they are non-existent!

Capel Manor College - which campus?

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 15:05

I am applying for a place on one of the RHS Level 2 Certification courses at Capel Manor College and will be travelling from Stratford in East London which is pretty well connected to all four college campuses.

I just wondered if anyone has studied at Capel Manor before and as a 33 year old who is looking to change their career from architecture and marketing to Garden Design I am curious to know whether one of the 4 campuses would be better suited to my interests and learning?

I have chosen to study RHS Certificates as I already have design knowledge and CAD skills but I am really keen to learn as much as I can about horticulture so that I can gain confidence in working with plants in nature and space.

Currently my specific interests are in amenity horticulture, in particular working with wildlife, growing food and the healing capacity in nature/gardens.

If anyone can offer advise or thoughts on their own personal experiences of studying at Capel Manor I would be really interested to hear.

Thanks.

Can an architectural graduate move into garden design?

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 13:34

Thanks for your advise Steephill!  

Can an architectural graduate move into garden design?

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 14:56

Hi Daintiness - yes I am currently in Kent.  Thanks for the tip about Capel Manor, I will give them a call.  I am also planning on going to Hadlow College open evening next week - so hopefully i'll find out some mor info then.

 

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Essential reading/subscriptions for a new Gardener

Looking for recommendations  
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thieving-squirrels

Are squirrels less fond of certain bird food/feeders? 
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Capel Manor College - which campus?

Is one of the four campuses more suited to me? 
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Capel Manor College - which campus?

How to decide which campus will best serve your on your course 
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Can an architectural graduate move into garden design?

Looking for advise in which course to do and where to find experience. 
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