Yes, you do, honestly. Whatever you do you need a managed approach. Look at a big business, you have supervisors who should supervise what goes on, not make decisions, just supervise what individuals do. You also have directors who direct the way the business moves (hopefully forwards!), they should rarely do anything other than give … Continue reading You need a man….!
Its the time of year for planting all the vegetables and bedding plants if you want to have them to eat/look at later in the year. At least one person in the household has to remember this and, if they don’t want a mutiny, will need to agree the details of exactly what to plant … Continue reading Leadership comes in many forms
Going on holiday took me away from gardens and allotments and gave me a chance to walk along cliff edges and across moors. The plants you see growing in these conditions are somewhat different to what I am used to seeing and the sea provides a blue (ok, grey) background – again a difference to … Continue reading Another pair of eyes
I love the fact that I no longer have full responsibility for looking after the garden – especially now it includes an allotment. I get involved when I have time, the weather is nice, or things need picking. Otherwise my ‘helper’ is in charge and has a far better idea than me of what needs … Continue reading Where do you need/offer help?
My latest, substantial, harvest is from my quince tree. As far as I can tell it did better than ever this year because of its maturity, together with the benefit of the weather, and the appropriate compost to improve the soil. Business owners are constantly challenged to recruit the right staff and build an effective … Continue reading How to reap what you sow?
As we get into Autumn one of the jobs that needs doing less is the mowing – and I will miss it. On a summers evening I love wandering up and down without really concentrating, admiring the rest of the garden as I pass, relaxing and therefore often letting solutions to problems find their way … Continue reading Improving the Bottom Line: Is it cost effective for me to do the mowing?
Garden furniture can take up so much space and never be quite what you want. When friends come round you perhaps just want to sit and chat. When it’s just two of you, or if they are good friends, you might want a table so you can eat. How fantastic is the table/bench that I … Continue reading Flexibility can be the answer
Depending on your personality, one of the frustrating things about gardening is that you can rarely rush into something. Seeds/plants take time to grow. You can speed the process by choosing the right plants, putting them in the right location and treating them right but……they will still take time to grow. Growing a business takes … Continue reading Take time to get it right
My mother has just moved into a new house. The garden, despite being a good size, has minimal key features – a lawn of moss, a magnolia tree and a beech hedge. My mother has instantly added a bench and table, several pots (with plants), a birdbath and a sundial so that it starts to … Continue reading Writing a good story
We have just invested in an allotment. This is an extreme example of organising the garden and keeping the vegetables separate from the play area, barbequing etc but it will have other advantages – it will help drive some discipline. Time will get set aside for allotment maintenance and ‘harvesting’ will be planned rather than … Continue reading Tracking the right things at the right time