Why do I think that I have the ability to offer advice to people on gardening matters? I suppose it’s a question of experience and the fact that during my apprenticeship 50 years ago I was taught horticultural skills by master craftsmen.
The experience came after many years of practically following their teaching and having an ethos of carrying out work to as near perfection as possible. Each year brings a totally different experience to the gardener even when working with the same plant species or even variety, due to the varied annual growing conditions. The skill of the true horticulturist is to take these changes into consideration so as to plan or act accordingly for a quality end result. Therefore the more experience you gain the better the outcome.
Gardening is not an exact science and many different ways of doing things will often end with a successful result, more than likely due to the resilience of the plant rather than the skill of the gardener. A very simple example is that if you place turf, brown side up, you will still, eventually, create a lawn even though the process is considered wrong.
So I offer the skills that I have learnt and carried out during my career to anyone who is interested. I have done this in the past as a lecturer, practical instructor and during my near 50 years on local radio and television.
This is my very first blog so if anyone has any advice for me I would be most grateful.