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On 2015-05-05 07:25:52 +0000, Broadback said:

Sadly old father time has reduced my gardening activity to very little.
Reluctantly I decided to employ help. I now have a chap who comes once
a week and works hard. However a plants-man he is not. Is there anyway
of ascertaining if anyone advertising as a gardener really is, or just
an odd job man who works in the gardener and has gardening tools?


A properly trained gardener will be expensive by comparison and so they
should be, between 10.00 and 12.00 per hour. It's best to be very
precise about what you want done on each visit and not to issue vague
directions about 'tidying up' because one man's tidying up is another
man's massacre. And tell him not to pull anything out that's just
coming through, in case it's plant not weed and not to deadhead in
autumn in case you want seeds.
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On 5/14/2015 6:51 AM, sacha wrote:

A properly trained gardener will be expensive by comparison and so they
should be, between 10.00 and 12.00 per hour. It's best to be very
precise about what you want done on each visit and not to issue vague
directions about 'tidying up' because one man's tidying up is another
man's massacre. And tell him not to pull anything out that's just coming
through, in case it's plant not weed and not to deadhead in autumn in
case you want seeds.


When I left home, my mother hired a 'gardener' - he was very good at
cultivating weeds, and pulling up my plants. And what he did to the
hedge at the front of the property took years to repair.
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On Thu, 14 May 2015 06:51:03 +0100, sacha wrote:

On 2015-05-05 07:25:52 +0000, Broadback said:

Sadly old father time has reduced my gardening activity to very little.
Reluctantly I decided to employ help. I now have a chap who comes once
a week and works hard. However a plants-man he is not. Is there anyway
of ascertaining if anyone advertising as a gardener really is, or just
an odd job man who works in the gardener and has gardening tools?


A properly trained gardener will be expensive by comparison and so they
should be, between 10.00 and 12.00 per hour. It's best to be very
precise about what you want done on each visit and not to issue vague
directions about 'tidying up' because one man's tidying up is another
man's massacre. And tell him not to pull anything out that's just
coming through, in case it's plant not weed and not to deadhead in
autumn in case you want seeds.


I don't think anyone round here could get any kind of gardener for
that sort of money. I have to pay 15/hr for the kind that really only
want to do the kind of stuff that involves machinery or brute force -
no patience or interest in anything else.

A few years ago I tried to get a gardener who knew how to prune and
when, would recognise useful self-sown things, etc. The two I tried
were unreliable for various reasons. I gave up trying after a while,
having talked to others who thought they knew what they were about,
but produced answers that meant I knew I couldn't let them loose on my
garden with confidence.

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Gardening on Wilts/Somerset border
on slightly alkaline clay underlying soil worked for many decades.
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On Thu, 14 May 2015 06:51:03 +0100, sacha wrote:

On 2015-05-05 07:25:52 +0000, Broadback said:

Sadly old father time has reduced my gardening activity to very little.
Reluctantly I decided to employ help. I now have a chap who comes once
a week and works hard. However a plants-man he is not. Is there anyway
of ascertaining if anyone advertising as a gardener really is, or just
an odd job man who works in the gardener and has gardening tools?


A properly trained gardener will be expensive by comparison and so they
should be, between 10.00 and 12.00 per hour. It's best to be very
precise about what you want done on each visit and not to issue vague
directions about 'tidying up' because one man's tidying up is another
man's massacre. And tell him not to pull anything out that's just
coming through, in case it's plant not weed and not to deadhead in
autumn in case you want seeds.


I don't think anyone round here could get any kind of gardener for
that sort of money. I have to pay 15/hr for the kind that really only
want to do the kind of stuff that involves machinery or brute force -
no patience or interest in anything else.

A few years ago I tried to get a gardener who knew how to prune and
when, would recognise useful self-sown things, etc. The two I tried
were unreliable for various reasons. I gave up trying after a while,
having talked to others who thought they knew what they were about,
but produced answers that meant I knew I couldn't let them loose on my
garden with confidence.

----

Gardening on Wilts/Somerset border
on slightly alkaline clay underlying soil worked for many decades.
How well I understand that feeling. No strength, no energy. If my brain felt the same age as my body it would probably balance itself out. Frustrating to say the least. But l learned a lesson from a young neighbour. She is in to all sorts of activities and suffers with arthritis. Her answer is little and often. So I work from 20 minutes to an hour at a time, the number of times depending on how l feel and what else l have to do. Living on my own, domestic duties have also to be taken into consideration. I find that even the biggest jobs seem to get done quite quickly and do not seem to be quite the chore that I wasn't looking forward to. Getting good help is the hardest job, and wondering how to fit it into a pension.
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On 22/05/2015 21:14, Bigal wrote:
How well I understand that feeling. No strength, no energy.


Get your thyroid checked. It might not just be old age!

Andy


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On 22/05/2015 21:14, Bigal wrote:
How well I understand that feeling. No strength, no energy.


Get your thyroid checked. It might not just be old age!

Andy
It is just about everything else except the thyroid. Old age was just an excuse. Had to blame something.


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