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gardening for a living

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 23:07

Hogweed was right, there isn't much to do over the winter period so you need to factor that in if you have a house to run, family to care for and bills to pay - and equipment to maintain. Also the weather can play havoc with your gardening plans when you are up and running, it's not always sunny and you can't mow a waterlogged lawn. Go for it but have another string to your bow so that in the lean times you can earn a crust. So instead of doing 1 course, do another as well, painting and decorating, electrician, roofer, teaching etc, stuff you can do on an ad hoc basis. Then you can live and enjoy work. You must also try to speak to local gardeners to see what work is about - no point starting up if the area is already saturated. Good luck.

Percy Thrower quote

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 12:45

No-one 'years ago' would have thought to speak with a double negative like that, I can't imagine who would have - you might be thinking about a modern programme.


Posted: 07/12/2012 at 11:08

If they're not in the house why worry? Protect your seeds and bulbs and let the natural world get on with life. What sick individuals would use glue traps?

Talkback: Garden foxes

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 10:16
Foxes are less annoying in the garden than children. They deserve our protection, I am so fed up with people moaning about wildlife.

Cherry tree

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 11:45

Hi, I have a cherry tree (Lapin) on Gisela 5 rootstock as I wanted to have a small tree, does anyone know if it would be suitable for fan training please, or would I have to have one on a larger rootstock?

Many thanks

Red dogwood

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 18:43

I hadn't thought about the stems being broken - they are all just bent, so I'll do as you suggest and stake them. I was surprised they were so flimsy but the rain was very hard and there's a lot of topgrowth. What a pain this year has turned out to be!


Red dogwood

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 11:10

Hi - in the recent torrential rain my red dogwood in an island bed has been trashed and is now half it's height and won't stand upright again. Is it too late to cut all the bent stems (about half the shrub) hard back or shall I stake it? I don't want to kill it off but it can't stay as it is as it looks horrendous and is shading out a lot of lawn. Any ideas please?

Anemone de Caen

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 16:25

Hi - can anyone help please with the soil type for these bulbs. I plan to soak them for 24 hours before planting but into what? Should it be gritty, JI no 3, leaf mould or just ordinary compost? I am moving and just bought some half price bulbs and want to put them in pots awaiting final transplanting later in the year. Should I add some bonemeal? I haven't had much luck with them in the past so this is my final shot! Many thanks

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