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tree branch in my pond

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 21:42

I am assuming that your pond is not raised and flush with the ground.

You will have to create a 'beach' at one end of your pond for easy entry and exit and a shallow area for spawning. You could do this by layering old paving slabs or bricks in a step formation to create a variety of depth at one end. You could finish the effect of either by using natural stones, cobbles and some marginal plants to soften the whole area and make it more interesting. 

Birds will then be able to use your pond for bathing and drinking too.

Depending on how formal your pond is you could chop up the  branch to the side of the pond for something for creatures to hide under.

Hope this helps.

Perennial weeds

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 21:24

I would have suggested the bucket treatment or maybe an old dustbin or wheelie bin if you have a lot.

Failind that, make sure you site your compost heap in a sunny spot, cover it with thick polythene  to help it sweat and then cover the polythene with carpet to shut out the light and let the whole heap rot down.

Other than that if you are in a rural area, let the weeds dry out a bit and burning them could be an alternative.

Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:58

Lots of strings of spawn this morning - 32 toads and counting ... A really wonderful sight. I'll see if I can get some photos tomorrow.

Name that plant/Weed?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:52

It's garlic mustard. Self seeds everywere and smells like garlic when crushed. Easier to remove now as it is quick to flower and then you will have a lot more of it! As nutcutlet says not too difficult to remove.

New Yew hedge, does it need more watering ?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:46

Is the damage on one side of the hedge - might be a prevailing cold wind (we've had a lot of that) or frost damage to the tips? 

What kind of soil are you on? Heavy, clay, free draining?

Also all nutlet's questions are relevant to help establish what the problem is.

Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:40

Thanks Sue. Not sure about some of the iris colours...but some lovely roses and clematis.

Is this spring worse than last year's?

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 22:49

Spring officially arrived today - I took my coat off while gardening today!

I do hope that is the end of that east wind as it has been so cold for so long. Planted marigold seeds today and have moved some seedlings out of the house and into my unheated green house.It was into the 30's in the green house today and the automatic vent opened for the 1st time this year. Things are on the up!

Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 22:38

My toads have turned up today and are 'very active' - all paired up and at th bottom of the pond or sitting at the surface. Really pleased to see them as in all the years I have kept records they have never spawned in April, never mind half way through the month.

The frogs too have produced some more spawn other the last few day.s

 Spring is here!

Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 21:20

I have had some more frogspawn in the last few days while the earlier lot seems to be suspended in time and hasn't developed very much - waiting for warmer weather like the rest of us...

I, however, haven't seen a single toad this year (so far). They usually spawn a couple of weeks after the frogs but so far not a single toad, never mind strings of eggs. My newts are now active  and hopefully they are  'doin' their thing'.


I don't think a visiting heron and now a pair of mallards from the local park is helping with frog/toad/spawn survival much either this year!  

Aldi garden stuff

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 22:52

I agree with Red Dahlia, the Garden line seed/cutting compost is lovely. Got 20 trailing lobelia plants for £2 - great plants that should be flowering by the end of the month (sunshine permitting!)

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