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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


Posted: 20/11/2014 at 16:33

Avoid family and any weird relatives

Storing Bramley Apples

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 10:34

You can dry apples to store as well


Posted: 18/11/2014 at 17:52

Wormeries are excellent things......I'm a bit surprised that it seems to have  taken so long for people to use them.......or maybe it just seems that way. They were certainly a big thing 20 years ago.

Always a good idea to bake Egg shells as Ed much easier to deal with whatever you use them for

Cheapest houseplants ever

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 17:15

Will........I take it you are only putting them outside for the summer ?

Same here Hostafan............the SW is definitely short on that sort of store

Talkback: Composting

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 17:02

David.........yes......the really professional ones are a could run all sorts thru them in minutes  I have to say tho, I've never spent a day shredding my piles of branches, etc......a couple of hours usually does it.  I try to avoid weekends when I think my neighbours who go out to work might not be too enthralled but it does often drown out the sound of cat fights and music played too loudly

Talkback: Composting

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 16:35

I have 2 an old French one ( electric ) and the other I bought this year (petrol driven ).  Both I find will bog up to a certain extent if the stuff is too green/wet.  Handy things tho and I wouldn't be without one

Cheapest houseplants ever

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 16:30

Nice......very nice   Always interesting to try "exotics" isn't it ? 

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