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Japanese Gardener’s Sickle Review

Sharp evil bringer of doom! & I LOVE IT! Fed up of faffing around trimming down Spring bulbs with scissors or secateurs and always have to trim the ones individually you cant bunch together to cut neatly? Use this little… Continue Reading →

That heart breaking moment when one of you Clients gets ripped off by another “Trade person”

Not often I get really angry…   My longest standing client has just had some work done on their Patio/Paving. Several of the stone slabs have over the years cracked, worked loose and were in dire need of some attention…. Continue Reading →

Shadow & I in the snow checking the Bonsai Nursery

Woke up today to a Winter Wonderland of snow fall. Shadow & I both enjoy a good walk in the snow, more so if I can take the camera out with me for some fun.  

Fell down a fox hole today

Sadly not the start to a really good drinking song. 😉   Tis true though, I did indeed fall down a fox hole today. Whoops… While out working performing some heavy duty line strimming with the Stihl backpack brushcutter.  Some… Continue Reading →

Spring is coming… Bookings by arrangement Only now ~ Due to a Full Client Roster for the 2020 Season.   SOTG is still operating ~ Tending Private Clients Gardens Only. For the duration of the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation.    … Continue Reading →

Why are pro gardeners so expensive?

I get asked this a lot. When prices go up people don’t like it. Least of all those who are having to raise prices to stay in business. Shadow of the Gardener is like any other small business; subject to… Continue Reading →

Oh the joy of searching for an assistant and an apprentice

Is there any?     I put up the ad on Indeed and the response has been quite good; by volume only. Some of the applications… Not so good.   More about this if I find the will to check… Continue Reading →

Weather Warnings Issued (11/03/2019 – 15th march 2019)

Regular Schedule interruption: Given the potential for storm damage and other major damage from Forecast storms & volatility of the weather ahead for the next few days. From Tuesday the 12th of March till Saturday 16th of March – Non… Continue Reading →

February 14’s

Given my recent post about not trusting this weather, I feel taunted somewhat by the last few days…   It’s been a steady and very sunny Blue skied and balmy 12 – 14 and even touching 15 degrees here in… Continue Reading →

A few months ago there was of course the usual spate of slow news day journalism, when many of the usual Newsagent shelf papers name some weather front and roll the dice on it causing a day or two of… Continue Reading →

New skills for 2019

OK, so this latest Project has me scratching my head a little and using the Ol’ Grey matter.   It is nice to have the creative juices flowing and to get some research into new things underway.   I’ve just… Continue Reading →

Serious Pruning Fairy Garden Grove Project

June 2018: Initial Visit and discussions with Client This area was hugely overgrown and had several small really nice Shrubs in place, but all so close they are not having a chance to flourish nor be shaped and looked after… Continue Reading →

Blog Post:   On the scrounge. Always nice when something you’ve wanted for ages drops in your lap, or nearly on your head… Managed to come into some seasoned old Railway Sleepers recently.  Took some serious graft and a bit… Continue Reading →

PC Issues

Blog Post. Webmaster Worries:   Man seriously, the worst thing other than the Van dying on me is my PC dying on me and even then it would be a judgement call on what season it was and if I… Continue Reading →

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