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Free Holiday in the Dordogne France

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 18:24

DUK............Hells Bells, looks like I'm going to have to learn to bark as well  Nice description tho........I can visualise that scene quite easily.

OU students certainly do come in all sorts of guises.  My sister, now deceased, did a Biology degree whilst working as a Technician for a large teaching hospital.  Luckily, she didn't have a husband to worry about 

Average Spend in garden centre

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 18:06

Nic..........I hate to appear thick but I'm not sure what you are really asking.  Are you saying you love growing plants and would like to make it a business ?  So then you are really looking at becoming a Nursery and maybe selling a few useful odds and ends as well perhaps ?  If so, then one way of starting is to sell plants at your local market or car boot.  I did this for a few years and gained some good clients but I would need to have expanded to have earned a year round living. It gives you a good idea of whether or not it is feasible if nothing else.

Garden Centres are a whole different kettle of fish.  These days, most of them concentrate on things other than plants........for me, it is a bore and a nuisance to fight my way thru endless crap to find a rather disappointing plant display.  There are so many now which try to sell too much and therefore put off the true plant buyer.  Of course, they do sell useful stuff too.......compost, equipment, etc but they don't always compare well cost wise with stuff available on line.  The big chains can absorb any subsequent losses......for individuals, it's not so easy. 

I do have a garden Centre which is about 12 miles away but I prefer a local Nursery which is about twice the distance if I want plants.  I can buy Compost, pots, etc from B&Q, Wickes, etc........all approx. 7 miles away.  I'd willingly travel up to 75 miles or so to a good Nursery which offered the plants I wanted.

So, no, I wouldn't visit my local garden centre any more than I needed to.....even if it was on my doorstep.  I would visit a proper Nursery tho.

Hope this helps you.


building houses on green belt land

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 17:25

Wonder just how long it will take for our "Lords and Masters" to realise that you cannot squeeze a Quart into a Pint pot ? 

Average Spend in garden centre

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 16:58

I think you probably need to be a bit more specific Nic10.  Are you referring to Plants alone ( spends would depend on whether the plant/s you want are available I would think ).  Or do you mean tools and equipment too ?  Or compost ?  Or a coffee and cake whilst you make your mind up ?

I've been to places where there was nothing I wanted to buy......on other occasions, I might spend quite a lot if I see something I am after

Small pond

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 16:51


Small pond

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 16:46

DD.......obviously the bigger the pond, the less trouble with stagnation but given the right combination of plants it shouldn't be a problem.  All I would say is that if it is only small and not very deep, take care exactly where you site it. Evaporation can be more of a problem in a long hot summer in S. France than it can here.  Surface coverage (say one of the Dwarf Water Lillies ) would certainly help that possible problem.  If you get a problem with blanket weed, don't forget the Watercress solution !  Small guage netting spread over in Autumn will help keep the majority of debris from ending up in the pond.

Look forward to hearing how you get on 

So fed up with all this rain!!!!

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 15:55

Sky still blue here.......been a gorgeous day but I suspect we'll pay for it soon

Small pond

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 15:52

DD.......I don't know whether you are far south enough but if you do a Pond, look out for Marbled Newts.  Larger than ours and a beautiful Green/Black.  We had them in our 2nd year of the pond (Midi Pyrennees area ) .

Fast growing hedging

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 15:38

The B.A.S.....good thinking John....hope you get your hedging sorted

Blooms in November

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 15:33

I've always understood that, traditionally, the flowering period for Roses was June to November ........I don't know whether that still holds good for the majority of today's roses tho ? 

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