Woodgreen wonderboy

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On order

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 07:20

Small area needs high value crops. Things that are expensive in the shops and preferably grow quickly and have a long season. Main crop potatoes are out!

Marshmello's ideas are brilliant examples. Any herbs you like and use a lot would do well too.


Posted: 06/06/2013 at 07:13

If it rots it could be dangerous? Not just a visual thing.

dwarf weeping cherry tree

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 07:08

I trim mine when the low branches get in the way of my mowing!!

Dahlias..an unintended trial

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 06:47

It is a good idea to pinch out the main shoots as this causes the plant to bush out with more flowering shoots and it will be stronger and less leggy. It will delay flowering for a bit but as they flower until the first frosts this is not really a problem. You MUST deadhead them to keep the flowering going full pelt, and it is a good idea to take the flower stalk down as far as possible ( but above any new buds) as otherwise you will eventually have a sea of stalks which detracts from their beauty. they are good for cutting for the house or giving to friends and this is good for them also. Enjoy, and you will buy more next year. 


How to stop horses eating fencing??

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 06:40

I recently had some new fencing installed and the contractor stretched a wire along the top of all the posts, specifically to stop chewing of the rails.

Dahlias..an unintended trial

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:52

I always lose a few, which is to be expected. This year I have been surprised at how many of the newly bought ones have failed to start.

Encouraging rowan tree (sheerwater seedling) growth after a trauma!!

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:49

In the New Forest where I live one hazard for trees is that deer rub off the bark as they mark the tree with their scent. I think the bucks have a scent gland between their antlers.  When this happens I wrap the area with a pair of ladies' tights or stockings. As this is elasticated, I tie it very tight. This appears to work although as the deer don't rub all the way round it may well be that the tree would survive anyway. 

Dahlias..an unintended trial

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:43

 Nut,You may be colder in the far east, as I am in the deep south. The dahlias I store are just put in cardboard boxes, which are piled up in my stable (no horses) and covered in fleece/hessian. This allows the air to circulate which is important probably.

This autumn I think I will leave all my dahlias in the ground. Not only does it seem to work here but I could do with a bit less work as the years go by.


Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:36

Wintersong, I always think that Tulips die beautifully, whether in the ground, pots or the flower vase and I always leave them as long as possible to do their thing, slowly twisting, fading, changing colour and losing their petals. Sad, but beautiful.

Have I got  the right idea?


Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:23

I tend to group pastel colours together and same for hot colours. I have a white border which this year I am highlighting with dots of purple. My dahlia bed has a riot of colour all mixed up but with mostly hot colours at one end and pastels at the other. Unfortunately not all of the dahlias are labelled so I have lost the plot so to speak.

I also like blue and yellow together.

All in all I try to plant close together/overplant so that they hit of colour is exagerrated. I grow quite a lot in tubs e.g Gazanias, Pansies, Dahlias, Tulips. Alliums, and I always stuff them in as much as possible.. all for the colour effect.

Discussions started by Woodgreen wonderboy

When should I plant Phlox

Gardening conundrum 
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Overwintering Gazanias

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Gardening quiz

Need help in putting together a quiz which is a bit challenging and fun too 
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Pesky flies!

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Talkback: How to harvest sweetcorn

They are much better microwaved for about 3 mins., turned over, mw for 3 more mins. Lot less bother than boiling . Keep flavour and scrunch. 
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Camassias from seed

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Where can I buy moss in Hampshire

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Dahlias..an unintended trial

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Something for the weekend.......enjoying gardens and flowers.

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Annoying Miracle-Gro advert

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Gaillardia death

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Encouraging young gardeners

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Why I never buy online

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Difficult Navigation

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Looking after alpines

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