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Begging for marrows....

Next Friday, the office bunch are off volunteering for a local school. They're tidying up an area which is going to become a 'woodland classroom'. When news of this volunteering escapade was first mooted in July, I have to say I felt an overwhelming…
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Well duh!

Standing on the precipice of redundancy with only the dead tree root which is my technical knowledge keeping me from plummeting down into the valley of cohabiting with the in-laws as I am.... I'm constantly on the look out for new career avenues and…
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Ooooo - Naughty Plant Show People

Plans went a bit awry today... originally, we had intended to motor up to Newby Hall for a large scale plant sale. Okay, seems a bit late in the season, but... have Volvo estate, have gardening husband (with map) and have some spare cash....…
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Announcement - Autumn has arrived

I have been notified of the formal arrival of Autumn... by Fereday as he put the duvet back onto the bed... The following banter ensued....Me: "You'll be fretting over chillblains soon...."Fereday: "Already am...."Me: "And it'll be all worrying…
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"Blog about it"

A new rejoinder has been added to Fereday household dialogue.... immediately after I point out some new foible, Fereday responds, "Oh, just blog about it...." While admittedly this is much more polite than "stick it where the sun don't shine,…
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Hagthorne Cottage Nurseries Limited

Hi all,This week marks the 5th anniversary of our unfair dismissal from our former employer, Hagthorne Cottage Nurseries Limited, Lucas Green Road, West End, Woking, Surrey.Our former employer, for simplicity we will call HCNL decided to dismiss us,…
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Graham Taylor replied to Neal Rollingson's discussion Tree planting prices?
"Years ago, I had to plant a load of 1 year old, bare-rooted saplings.  I remember digging a hole, carefully placing it in the hole etc. The old boy I was with just made a slit in the ground with the spade, dropped the roots in and closed the slit up…"
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Ben Carter replied to Neal Rollingson's discussion Tree planting prices?
"I've planted lots of trees and genrally bare root whips are easy to plant in good conditions.  However, I have always experinced a high loss rate with Birch which doesn't make a lot of sense as Birch is one of the pioneer speices.  This could be dow…"
1 hour ago
dan replied to Neal Rollingson's discussion Tree planting prices?
"would like to think they bare root -- which would make a huge difference -- with this cold and expected more cold - bare root should be available another month maybe 
you could plant bare root very fast depending on the situ but might have an expect…"
1 hour ago
Laurence Smith and Tony Smith joined Landscape Juice Network
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Luke brooks replied to Roy Parker's discussion cost of accountants
"Most accountants will charge per payslip so I pay around £15 per slip (£60a month  per person if weekly) or £15 per person monthly pay  I offer fortnightly or monthly pay 
end of year accounts £1200-£1500 
can get cheaper accountants but I’m happy w…"
2 hours ago
Busy Bee Garden Services Limited replied to Roy Parker's discussion cost of accountants
"Agreed we are closer to £800.00 but we do the vat and use xero to make their life’s easier! Payroll is very simple for us as well..."
3 hours ago
Ian Bridgford replied to Ian Bridgford's discussion Repointing a patio
"Thanks All,
Kieran, when you say if they are spot bed, walk away from it, is that because the raking out/cutting out would loosen all the slabs that are not loose?
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3 hours ago
Kieran Ray replied to Ian Bridgford's discussion Repointing a patio
"My approach would be to check how the slabs are laid first, if spot bed, you may as well just walk away now. 
if they have been laid p[roperly on a full bed I would chase the joints as bgood as possible with a mortar rakeing blade on a disc cutter,…"
3 hours ago
bernie reddington replied to Darren Walters's discussion Jobber users - Quickbooks vs Xero update?
"I have only used Xero not QB & it is working really well for me as well. I use it with Jobber & Receipt Bank & I love how they all link up. Works really well. The only thing I don't like about Xero is the lack of colours, blue & white only as oppose…"
4 hours ago
Matt Johnson replied to Darren Walters's discussion Jobber users - Quickbooks vs Xero update?
"Xero is excellent for us! makes my life so much easier when it comes to the numbers side of the business. "
4 hours ago
Matt Johnson replied to Ian Bridgford's discussion Repointing a patio
"i would certainly use a disc cutter or similar. you'll be there for a mind numbingly long time doing it with a hammer and bolster. JUst make sure to stock up on PPE 
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4 hours ago
Chris Roberts replied to Roy Parker's discussion cost of accountants
"Depends how much you get them to do. You could do some things yourself like payroll and VAT that would keep the cost down. But whatever way for a ltd company i'ts going to be around £1000pa . Some people will undoubtedly get it cheaper but I think t…"
4 hours ago
Gary RK replied to Neal Rollingson's discussion Tree planting prices?
"Raises a number of questions;

Are you under B.S. in the specification for planting?
Access - easy/hard ?
Are they rootballs or containerised ?
What's the lie of the land - can you use an auger or planning to manually dig ?
OM/Mulch/Feed included ?…"
5 hours ago
Roy Parker posted a discussion
can any give me a rough idea of they accountants fees for payrol and end of year accounts for ltd company  
6 hours ago
Neal Rollingson posted a discussion
So I have been asked to plant around 200, 1 year old birches and it isn't  something I have ever done in such large quantities before and have no idea how to price  it up. Anybody have a better idea of what I should charge? 
13 hours ago
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