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Woodgreen wonderboy

Latest posts by Woodgreen wonderboy

Damnation to double flowers

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 19:46

On a warm day recently...yes there was one! flowering heathers were covered by honey bees. The din was amazing.

Weekend Ahead ..... ?

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 15:02

This is definitely the most perilous time of year for gardens and gardeners!! It only needs one hard frost to undo all your hard work and this can happen well into April and even May. The later they are the more damaging. It's great to have springlike conditions at this time of year, and it is a great boost to our morale.  It's always a bit of a gamble which gardenoholics can rarely resist. Me neither.

Talkback: Planting snake's head fritillaries

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:51

It's a bit early to see any newly planted ones and my previously planted ones aren't up yet. we live in hope...the gardeners motto....


Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:47

At Wisley I noticed that they had used their red and yellow dogwood prunings as a backdrop to some other flowers. Presumably temporary as you wouldn't want to risk rooting. Not particularly my cup of tea but quite attractive nonetheless.

MOB rants

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 11:37

Changing topic...bought some Roseclear3 to spray roses. Shock horror. Price seems similar to last year but product is half the strength and only makes 10L instead of 20L last year. Such a price hike is unacceptable and dishonest too. What can the reason be? Should they be more open as to why this has happened? Will anyone ever spray a rose again? Is it the end of the English Garden as we know it?

Talkback: How to grow leeks from seed

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 23:55

No. I find that fleece can sometimes be a problem in frosty conditions whch is somewhat ironic. What happens is that the fleece gets wet with rain or condensation and in frosty conditions this freezes. If the fleece is in contact with the plant real damage can result.It is not always possible to keep the fleece up off the pants. Leeks are really hardy anyway.

Propagation - help!!!

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 23:47

I have just seen next weeks is getting colder again, and might snow depending where you live 

. It is still very early for an unheated environment. If you wait a bit things will catch up. I promise. Enthusiasm is good, but patience will pay dividends.

Propagation - help!!!

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 23:28

I have made more mistakes with seeds by starting too early than being a bit late. Too early and they might not germinate, or if they do it is too early to plant them out and they get leggy which is not good. Go for a few plants, nice and stout, sow seeds successionally so that at least one batch will be good. I tend to concentrate on larger seed types such as Cosmos, which is dead easy to start. I plant these individually in pots/modules, which can then be planted out with minimal disturbance. At the other end of the scale and which are much much harder are the tiny seeds such as tobacco plants. Theses are so fiddly that I usually lose patience. Over the years i have learned what works for me, as you will, but you will get some failures along the way. An alternative is to buy plug plants which I find equally satisfying to grow and have a higher success rate For exampe gazanias are great plugs. Good sowing.

Roses Offer

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 23:14

If they snap when you bend them they are a gonner. If they bend they are probably saveable!!

late start,more advice please!!

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 23:11

If you are growing vegetables on the deeper soil you could grow potatoes ( always recommended by the ol' boys for a first crop). Also peas/beans since they fix nitrogen in the soil for next years crop which might be brassicas. Make sure you bury the turf upside down as deep as you can. OK if double digging. otherwise the grass may grow again which will be a pain to eradicate. On the shallow soil can you ridge it to create a bit more depth? Smaller plants might do well such as dwarf french beans, dwarf broad beans, spring onions, garlic, stump rooted carrots,onion sets which I think are shallow rooted. Herbs would be OK, especially as sunny. Spinach would be worth a try. in fact with any new allotment the first year is always a bit of an experiment and you will soon learn what works best for you and what should never be tried again. One last point, shallow soil will need regular  watering and mulching might help once plants established. Might you also create raised beds on the shallow area with some soil from elsewhere/compost/imported material. Good digging!

Discussions started by Woodgreen wonderboy

Overwintering Gazanias

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Last Post: 28/11/2013 at 18:06

Gardening quiz

Need help in putting together a quiz which is a bit challenging and fun too 
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Last Post: 30/11/2013 at 14:08

Pesky flies!

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Last Post: 20/09/2013 at 12:57

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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Last Post: 21/09/2013 at 08:22

Camassias from seed

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Last Post: 03/07/2013 at 08:39

Where can I buy moss in Hampshire

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Last Post: 17/06/2013 at 15:44 unintended trial

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Last Post: 11/06/2013 at 16:34

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

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Last Post: 10/08/2013 at 12:39

Annoying Miracle-Gro advert

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Last Post: 26/06/2013 at 08:34

Gaillardia death

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Last Post: 23/05/2013 at 06:58

Encouraging young gardeners

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Last Post: 12/05/2013 at 22:15

Why I never buy online

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Last Post: 31/03/2013 at 15:27

Difficult Navigation

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Last Post: 26/03/2013 at 08:41

Looking after alpines

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Last Post: 24/03/2013 at 21:09

Gardening in the dark....

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Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 18:36
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