Good evening all!
I have for the past 15 years worked as a Specialist Paramedic in the south west, and during the past few years enjoyed some general garden maintenance and low level landscaping work for a few clients built up over this time. I found I enjoyed this work immensely because of the de - stressing effects it had on me and helped me re charge my batteries for the next set of shifts. Being able to create something has always given me a buzz and was sometimes a stark contrast from my full time job. A few months ago I decided to have a career change, follow my creative nose and start doing it full time. Not the best time of year to start, I hear you all say, but at least it gives me time to find my feet. With this in mind I wondered whether I could ask for some advice.
I am practical, have reasonable carpentry skills, can, and have turned my hands to most things in this environment but still have a great deal to learn! So with this mind my questions are these:
- I really need to vastly improve my plant/shrub/weed knowledge and wondered whether there are any recommendations for books on these subjects. I am considering doing the RHS level 2 to help me gain more knowledge- although I know there,s no substitute for experience. I am also considering trying to get a one day week job in a nursery.
- I also have an interest in hard landscaping/garden design & planning. would I benefit from some short courses to improve my skills - any ideas or recommendations?
- Are there any generic garden maintenance books that you could recommend?
If only they did apprenticeships for people like me lol
Apologies for all the questions. I have done some research in all these areas but am mindful of the fact that there are a lot of experienced peeps on here an would welcome your advice.
Finally just wanted to say what a friendly site this is! I find myself spending hours in the evening browsing all the forums. I hope one day I may be able to give some advice of my own!!
Thanks to all and I hope you are all keeping busy!