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Helping out

Posted: Today at 16:12

If you want to help older people who are finding things difficult, that is one thing - you won't be looking for recompense in the form of money. A cup of coffee, maybe some fruit or veg in exchange and a bit of a chat if they are on their own. 

If you want to be paid for your help, then you are in business with all that involves. As you rightly say, there are "gardeners" who offer to do work and when they leave, you wonder what they have done.

Setting up a gardening business has exactly the same pitfalls as any other business - you would have to think through all the pros and cons before you started charging people for your services.


Posted: 22/02/2017 at 18:19

One that is narrow at the top and bottom but with a fat middle - as HFan says, a B***er to get anything of any size out in one piece without breaking the pot.

Goldfish and tadpoles

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 16:00

IME newts will happily demolish both fish and frog spawn. Never seen one eating a fish tho 

Wilting plants after transplanting

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 17:15

Any seedlings which have germinated now will probably benefit more from a good light source rather than heat to stop them becoming leggy.

I think it is usually experience which tells you when to prick out and grow on but if you are unsure, you could wait until they have 2 sets of true leaves before you disturb them. You can either prick out individually or in clumps of 3 to 5, grow on and then take it from there.  

Not very technical advice I'm afraid but may give you an inkling

Garden incinerator.

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 16:54

Enough dry "brown" waste would hopefully give you sufficient to include a bit of damp grass to get a good fire going.

The downside with these incinerators is that unless you are burning stuff frequently, lots of small "people" tend to make it their home and so you have to clear it out before starting your next fire.  

Too many make the mistake of loading the incinerators with damp stuff, leaving it for a while and then attempting to set fire to it.  This method usually leaves the neighbours coughing and spluttering as the fire just smoulders rather than burns.

Morning Glory

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 16:42

You can pinch them out but as you suggest, leave them to get a bit bigger.

You probably sowed them a wee bit early but that won't necessarily hurt if you have strong plantlets to put in the garden in a few weeks time.

They can be quite rampant and will require some strong support to get the best out of them

Onion seeds

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 17:01

Easiest thing is to transfer into individual cells once germinated, and grow them on from there.


Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:32

Much depends on the actual framework......if it is robust you can usually choose whether to bolt and concrete ( much better if wind is an issue ) or take the covering down below and bury with soil.

Like most things, the better the initial framework, the less problems you are likely to encounter.


Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:13

Would you work for free ?

Yes, plenty do.....I think they are called Volunteers and you can find them in most sectors of society

And yes, giving things away for free is also an activity some of us indulge in

Not having a personal dig - I imagine all of us are ready to do a good deed every so often - Clari for one seems to do more than her remit requires and I doubt she is alone.

Don't know about Big Girl Panties......sounds a bit bizarre to say the least


Posted: 17/02/2017 at 17:17

The black Bamboo is probably the best for your situation......thin and airy and likes a dampish shady situation. Fairly quick growing IME but whether you would want to plant directly into a border is somewhat questionable. ?

I have mine in very large tubs which I disguise with other shade loving plants planted around them. They look good 4 years on but that is a short time scale I admit.

If all else fails, you should be able to sell your bamboos in future and retire on the proceeds

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