London (change)
Today 11°C / 2°C
Tomorrow 7°C / 3°C

Woodgreen wonderboy

Latest posts by Woodgreen wonderboy


Posted: 29/10/2014 at 22:55

brussel sprouts

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 20:39

You "must plant your brussels in concrete" ( ancient technical term). Honestly if you want your sprouts to be firm and not loose the plant must be very firmly trodden in. 


Posted: 29/10/2014 at 17:06

Haven't grown Lucifer for some time so not sure how it will spread, but have planted it where it will be easy to dig up and split. Gg will be able to take more of a risk at the station, perhaps.


Posted: 29/10/2014 at 16:12

KEF these are lucifer which in small quantities are worth giving a go?

Repairing conifer soil damage

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 16:11

I haven't used bonemeal, just Autumn lawn feed which should also kill off any moss problems. Bob Flowerdew once said on GQT that he always uses Autumn feed in spring because if you build up strong roots the rest will follow.

BM should have the same beneficial effect, suggest you use either 2 times a year minimum, with perhaps an added dose in mid summer when conditions permit, i.e. not too hot and dry. Add a little MPC to balance out the chemicals, the build up of which might prove a little harsh.

I think this regime can only benefit your grass.

Repairing conifer soil damage

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 15:43

Autumn lawn feed concentrates on encouraging root growth. Suggest you give it a feed now and again next spring and autumn. Don't use summer fertiliser for a couple of years or until you think the grass is back growing normally. Also spread some multi purpose potting compost or some such , new or spent, after you have fertilised. Just a thin layer, and inch or so will do. Fork it to improve drainage and to encourage some MPC to go down below the surface.  Brush MPC down the holes. Do this each time you fertilise to gradually build up the quality of the soil.Your grass should start growing more strongly. You could mix in some grass seed suitable for shade/ hard wearing conditions. Don't let it dry out in hot/dry spells.( not sure if it ever a good idea to add moss to your grass)

I have a similar problem area under some ash trees... above treatment has helped improve it greatly.


Posted: 29/10/2014 at 15:20

Hello each, have just had a lovely visit from Gardengirl and mum, called in on their way to local Nursery. Brought me a sweet little house for my prairie garden which the local insects will quickly take over and love. Pictures will follow. Gg left with some plants and crocosmia corms for the station garden, which they look after pretty much without any other help!!!

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 12:44

I cut back some of my roses hard after the first flush because they were in the way of some renovation of a border they were sitting in. The result has been a very good second flush and very clean foliage, without spraying. Have I discovered a new way of treating roses through the season, and is this better than a single flush followed by some repeat flowers?

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 17:20

Hi Verd, great grasses, but what is the pretty pink plant at their base?


Posted: 25/10/2014 at 10:15

Good morning everyone, Chicky I am a fan of "Evereste".... loads of white flowers, like the top of everest covered in snow, great red/orange fruit for my blackbirds, and good Autumn colour. I liked the first one so much I now have 3 . greedy boy.

Discussions started by Woodgreen wonderboy

Pittosporum from seed

Replies: 3    Views: 179
Last Post: 15/11/2014 at 09:45

Frikartii Monch

Replies: 3    Views: 193
Last Post: 07/10/2014 at 10:29

When should I plant Phlox

Gardening conundrum 
Replies: 5    Views: 256
Last Post: 23/08/2014 at 17:46

Overwintering Gazanias

Replies: 9    Views: 1645
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 
Replies: 16    Views: 938
Last Post: 30/11/2013 at 14:08

Pesky flies!

Replies: 12    Views: 600
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. 
Replies: 4    Views: 314
Last Post: 21/09/2013 at 08:22

Camassias from seed

Replies: 1    Views: 380
Last Post: 03/07/2013 at 08:39

Where can I buy moss in Hampshire

Replies: 3    Views: 798
Last Post: 17/06/2013 at 15:44 unintended trial

Replies: 15    Views: 768
Last Post: 11/06/2013 at 16:34

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

Replies: 46    Views: 2379
Last Post: 10/08/2013 at 12:39

Annoying Miracle-Gro advert

Replies: 39    Views: 1688
Last Post: 26/06/2013 at 08:34

Gaillardia death

Replies: 10    Views: 715
Last Post: 23/05/2013 at 06:58

Encouraging young gardeners

Replies: 27    Views: 1147
Last Post: 12/05/2013 at 22:15

Why I never buy online

Replies: 38    Views: 1657
Last Post: 31/03/2013 at 15:27
1 to 15 of 20 threads