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Posted: 22/11/2014 at 15:48

Sorry but I'm beginning to lose the plot here ( and not a mast in sight ). would perhaps be better starting a new thread about..........well, I'm not sure really given that this is (basically) a Gardening forum. 

I have managed to read the Lyme disease thread but I'm no further forward.  I am sorry you are suffering from the disease but this thread was about Wasps and lack of this summer.  If you could be a tad more specific about wasp numbers in your area this year compared to last year, it would be interesting to read.  Some areas of the UK , judging by the responses above, have noticed a decline whilst other areas seem to have been unaffected. 


Posted: 22/11/2014 at 10:37

Any evidence to back up that theory Carol ?

You don't mention where you are sited or whether you have noticed a marked decrease of wasp activity in your area this year

whats gong on?

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 17:08

Both daffs and muscari are hardy.....they will settle to a more normal pattern of growth once the cold weather arrives

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 17:04

Zoomer..........yes, you can grow grape vines from cuttings


Posted: 20/11/2014 at 18:59

Isn't Hawaii the 52nd state ?  If there is frost there, we're all in trouble


Posted: 20/11/2014 at 18:30

Edd.........can you actually gift wrap bags of charcoal ?  More waste then?  You are obviously into forward planning at any rate...or do you BBQ the Xmas dinner?

Startup Research

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 18:20

I imagine if the rules say you cannot "sell", you can still swap......bit pointless otherwise

Create your own market............most small communities are more than pleased to help with something like this..........or put up a sign "Veg" (or honey, or WHY ) by your gate.......there's always people looking for may be surprised

Average Spend in garden centre

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 18:11

Nic...........if you are thinking about a gardening business within city environs, do you already own or lease the land to do it on ?  Otherwise, start up costs are likely to be very expensive.

If you are simply after getting people involved in creating green amenity or growing spaces, then look to your local council.  Also try looking at the other various communities which already run such schemes ( Todmorden in West Yorkshire ) is a good example and could probably give you some pointers. Admittedly, most of the schemes are slanted towards people wanting to grow their own food but there are other schemes which aim to improve any waste land by planting shrubs, fruit trees and wild flowers, etc.

It might just be me but I am still unsure whether you are looking to create something commercially viable or just want to improve your local environment and are willing to grow plants for this purpose ? There is obviously a huge difference as you already realise. If you are after a commercial business, you don't say whether you have competition locally ( be it garden centre or nursery ) and whether you have conducted any research locally which leads you to believe there is a niche which you could successfully fill. 

Small specialist nurseries are, sadly, becoming few and far between and many need an "on line" profile too these centres with everything for sale under the sun are becoming a blight and whilst they fill a need for those looking for a day out and willing to impulse spend without too much thought, they aren't doing much for those interested in plants.

Oops.....I'm beginning to sound bossy so will shut up now  Be interested to know what you decide and how you intend to approach it tho sadly the North East is a bit too far for me 

Growing plants in sterile medium

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 17:18

Dried flower arrangements may be acceptable and would give some pleasure perhaps ?  Or framed collages of pressed flowers/autumn leaves ?  I hope you manage to find something to brighten things up for your Mum Cisggy


Posted: 20/11/2014 at 17:11 wait until Xmas Eve to buy petrol ?

No ne has yet mentioned whether they buy "live" trees or whether the cut ones ( or even fake ones ) are the way to go

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