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Blanket Weed

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 15:24

Thank you.  It is lovely having a pond in the garden.  Theres something very realaxing about water.  I had a few damelflies in the summer and I could see all these organisms swimming around in the water.  Dont know what they were.  There were a few small black snails that I presume came in on the pond plants I brought but havnt seen them for a while.  Do the snails and organisms go to the bottom of the pond when it starts getting colder?  Cant wait for frogs and toads to find it.


HELP me please!!

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 18:01

Just looking at my garden now I have several things still flowering. Kaffir Lily (schizostylis coccinea).  It spreads quickly and is beautiful and comes in different shades of pink and I have a red one aswell.  Ceratostigma Willmottianum - pretty blue flowers.  It is a neat little plant that you can just cut back.  Verbena bonariensis is still flowering and is fantastic for butterflies and bees.  Hebes and sedums.  Evening primrose - self seeds.  I still have roses still flowering.  I love pierus as they are evergreen and have young bright red leaves and pretty bell shaped flowers in the spring but needs acid soil.  Abelia is another favourite shrub of mine.  Flowers all summer and is still flowering now.  Is a slow growing shrub but would need cutting back eventually if you only have a small space.  I love hellebores as they flower late winter early spring.

Osteopurnum - suitable soil

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 16:39

Yes I had that one and it is beautiful but it didnt survive the winter.  I think osteospermums can be abit on the tender side?  I had it planted in a pot in normal compost and it was fine - until the winter came....

Blanket Weed

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 16:32

Thank you so much madonbirds.  Very informative.  No I will not be using any chemicals as I want a nature pond.  I have 2 small water lily plants in there so I suppose in time they will give the cover needed.  I put in several oxygenating and marginal plants.  Everything seems to be dying back now.  Is this normal?  So there wont be an cover during the winter?  It is about 60cm at its deepest point and then it has quite a large shelf all the way round that is about 20cm and then a pebbley area for animals to crawl out.

Blanket Weed

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 13:18

Yes I do use a bamboo stick to pull it out.  Its about 3m x 1.5 m and I put 2 of those barley straw things in.  Maybe it just takes time for them to work....

Blanket Weed

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 19:54

My pond was built in July so still early on but it has blanket weed!!  Horrible stuff!!  I have got 2 straw bales and 2 pots of oyster shell in the pond but it dosnt seem to have done anything.  Does it die back in the winter?  How do I get rid of it and why have I got it in the pond?  Someone said to me if I put a fountain in the pond it would get the water moving and that would get rid of it?  Is this true?

Is there anything I can't compost?

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 19:47

I have a couple of rabbits and 3 chickens and their waste goes on the compost.  Think it is a natural accelerator?  I dont worry about the bits that havnt composted properly ie twigs etc as they will carry on rotting down on the garden.  I have a shredder which i use alot.  Advocado stones - still get thrown back in the bin.  One day they will rot down I am sure!!    Toilet and kitchen rolls and brown cardboard with sticky tape taken off.  I dont compost egg shells as I've heard they make the soil alkaline and I have neutral to acidic and want it to stay that way!!


Posted: 21/09/2012 at 17:09

My mum has the type of compost bins Monty has and she covers them with bits of old carpet.  I suppose to keep the moisture in.  Maybe Monty covers them over when they stop filming?

Do put a bit of grass on the compost but as everyone says layer it with something else.  Keep it in a seperate container until needed.

Brushwood is old twigs isnt it?


Posted: 21/09/2012 at 17:05

I have 7 daleks!!!!  I kept chickens for a while and I have rabbits now and all their waste goes into the bins.  I have never drilled holes in mine.  I did wonder as everyone says air should be able to circulate.  I do dig it over every couple of months or so and I have lovely crumbly compost.  I stick everything in mine.  Grass, cardboard, kitchen waste, rabbits waste,  garden waste.  Layer it and dig it over regularly.  Lovely stuff!! 

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 19:46

Wow what a beautiful garden!!  We built our house 9 years ago so I have had the pleasure of starting a new garden from scratch.  It has been lovely seeing it grow.  I have a lawn at the moment but was interested to see that you havnt.  Thanks for giving me some more ideas!! 

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