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Edd
27/02/2014 at 21:42

LeadFarmer

I no longer have a pond but i do have a community pond that is just round the corner from my sons nursery/school. 

It is a very nice place, that is sheltered but not many people go there. I looked last year but was a bit disappointed and thought it needed a hand, but i kept on going down. It just looks like my family and i go there along with the odd council mowing.

I am itching to go and have a look for frogspawn now.  If i take a few pick will that count?

Regards

Edd. 

 

27/02/2014 at 22:48

Yes, Edd, Id love to see some photos please.

27/02/2014 at 23:28

Some pond pics for you LF

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27/02/2014 at 23:51

Me wild life pond has been somewhat bereft of life at all reently. Today tho', I went oop t'lotty with She who MUST, and found two dollops of spawn........... AT LAST !!!   Late last summer, I had some help enlarging the wee pond we had by 'Wor Shed', which was a bittie overgrown and crowded. Made it bigger by some 50% I reckon. Anyway, it is filled up naturally, new weeds establishing gradually, and soon She who MUST, will be chattering away to the growing population of frogs.  I shall post a picie of said pond, and dollops by tomorrow, if the weather is clement.

28/02/2014 at 07:29
chicky wrote (see)

But we're with you every step of the way Clari  Did the pond get any attention this week, or was it all man-shed?

Its mainly manshed and moving rocks (oh my gosh so many rocks) from where the vege plot will be at the moment unfortunately until I can save up for the next bit with is the timber surrounds and plant life (which arrives at the pond place in mid March). Although its a thick frost out there this morning I'm hoping the longer nights will be kind to us so I can get out there longer. Work just gets in the way!

28/02/2014 at 08:10

Ggirl - lots of things will be happy in the clay soil - all the ponds I've had have been surrounded by it. The flag irises and bog plants of all sorts will be fine if it's wet and soggy all the time. A grass that looks great by ponds is Spartina. Not always easy to find but it copes with fluctuating water so it want mind being wet sometimes and dry at others. It's an arching green/yellow grass with foliage like a finer Phormium. Gets to about a metre or so and forms a nice clump. Schizostylus (Kaffir lily) grew well round my last one too and they give a bit of late colour. All the sedges will do well in clay.

28/02/2014 at 21:24

Thanks for all the photos, much appreciated. 

Nutcutlet, wow, thats an amazing pond a a beautiful garden. I wish I had space for a pond that size.

28/02/2014 at 21:33

Thanks LF

Fairy, spartina copes with fluctuating water levels? I shall have to try that one. the water level drops a long way in a dry season

28/02/2014 at 21:40

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 A couple of photos of my pond dug by myself and my children about 5 years ago,

28/02/2014 at 22:05

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I took this about September last year. The water had been in from the end of July. We had trouble with levelling due to dry, crumbly soil. so we had liner at ground level rather than it tucked under the grass as I had seen on Pond Conservation site. I left about 6" of liner then put new turf between the edge of remaining lawn and over the liner. I had some hessian sacking that I tucked under the new turf and dangled it over the liner and into the water. This acted like a wick and the grass is now well on its way down to water level in most places. You can see it poking out under the grass at the far side.  I was worried about the turf on the liner drying out but it's absolutely alive with worms. It's the best thing you can do for wildlife. Love it.

 

28/02/2014 at 23:12

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 It doesn't have fish anymore, it has toads.

My pond is quite small, my son dug it before he went to University in the summer holidays, he is now 30. I don't seem to have a recent picture and it's messier and more overgrown now. This was 2007.

 

01/03/2014 at 12:36

Nut - I bought Spartina many years ago from a specialist grass nursery - in Suffolk I think -  which no longer exists. I was looking for it again last year for this garden, and located a place online but it was very expensive. On a trip to the nursery I was looking at grasses - and there it was for a fiver. 

I don't know why it's not more widely available as it makes a nice arching clump once it gets going. I remember Alan Titchmarsh having it in his Barleywood garden. I think it grows well in coastal areas due to it coping with varying water levels. I'm sure I read about it growing in and around Morecambe Bay but I may have dreamt that! 

01/03/2014 at 13:35

Thanks Fairy, 

a friend told me it was invasive, but not here. It died. But it was lovely while it lasted

Edd
01/03/2014 at 16:17

Well the community pond was very very sad indeed. Looked very neglected and not much sign of life apart from the duckweed that i am sure will thrive. There was only one crop of snow drops and only 1 blackbird scratching about. On the plus side i only had to pick up four bits of rubbish.

I will have to see if i can do anything to improve things. 

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 The only clump of snowdrops.

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04/03/2014 at 13:02

Thanks for the photos so far, much appreciated

04/03/2014 at 13:09

The pond at the bottom of our road....

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04/03/2014 at 15:47

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 Lovely photos everyone.

This is my pond late spring last year. The'island'  in the middle is made from a pallet keep afloat by plastic milk bottles tied underneath. Monty Don made one for his pond on GW. It's half sunk at the moment so I'll have to get my waders on and see if I can refloat it. A public footpath runs by  so I'll do my wading when I don't think anyone will be passing. It's just my luck to fall in. 

 

04/03/2014 at 15:54

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Another view taken at the same time. I've got lots of toad spawn now but never get any frog spawn.

05/03/2014 at 21:17

Whatva lovely pond Pottie, like the island

14/03/2014 at 15:13
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Here are two photos of my pond from last June. I created it using a pond liner in April 2013. Everything surrounding it was already in my garden (except the blue frog!).

I was worried that because it is surrounded by pebbles, I wouldn't get any wildlife, but last year I had at least one toad in there and this spring I have seen a newt. I have surround planted it now with bee and butterfly attracting plants and last year I had nine different species of butterflies in the garden!

It is only about 5ft by 3ft but I'm determined to pack into it as much wildlife attracting plants as possible.

 

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