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small still water pond

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 00:16

As far as I'm aware only a water feature naturally inhabited with a wide spectrum of wildlife will balance out naturally (ie fish and other creatures will reduce the midge larvae).  Although any water feature is better than none - I had the same problem with a bucket in the ground.... 


Posted: 30/09/2013 at 10:33

Yes - of course 'thunbergia' - had them before in my previous garden - no where near as easy to germinate or get going as quickly as nasturtions - but worth a bash as they are not as 'tasty' to caterpillers as I recall.... thanks! 

Nerines - so looked forward and so disappointed....!

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 10:23

oooops! - and yeah I did suspect that ... now confirmed thank you (and by the Garden magazine this month - doh!) - still that a few of the bulbs had rotted off I thought they' d had it - now pulled up and in different compost! - will watch with interest but probably messed it up for this year anyway now....

Nerines - so looked forward and so disappointed....!

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 23:22

Yeah I will - but annoyingly my local garden centres seem to be all out of flowering Nerines - reckon I looked too late aftter realising mine had failed ... its a bummer - saw some in the outside market at Truro last week -- in flower but at £6.50 a throw for a couple of stems I balked ... wish I hadn't now!!

Nerines - so looked forward and so disappointed....!

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 23:09

Maybe they were too well watered as well as the dodgy compost then.....but pretty well packed in... thanks.


Posted: 29/09/2013 at 23:06

I planted them late spring (from seed) - done well and the caterpillers love them - too much so (the birds don't seem to be bothered with them - the caterpillers that is) - these caterpillers, by the hundreds, have climbed up my house to pupate under the 'eaves' leaving dirty brown smudges (on white paint) once they've pupated.  I've had enough of it - insecticide and no more nasturtians - anyone recommend a similar 'climbing' annual (apart from Ipomea - that I can't seem to get going properly)?

Nerines - so looked forward and so disappointed....!

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 22:59

How are your Nerines? - I bought and planted the bulbs in a large tub late spring - most came up with strong green leaves that have now withered away over the past few weeks.  A few bulbs failed alltogether....  Planted in accordane with good horticultural practice - except maybe the 'compost' itself - mixed in too much sand I reckon.... so now moved into bog standard multipuprose with John Innes No3 added. Any good or should it be even more 'leaf mouldy'ish'?  (never had much success with these - even when I lived in Hertfordshire - now living near the coast near Newquay, Cornwall)

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 22:48

No ladybirds seen here in my garden near Newquay, Cornwall.  But then I've only just built the garden and the other new houses mostly don't have gardens - just 'Builders Lawns'.  But there again I've never lived near the coast before... perhaps they don't like the 'seaside'?

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 22:45

oops - image didn't show....

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 22:33

Thanks for the comments - and yes I suppose I just did dig it as I went along .... but I knew what I wanted to achieve and the levels were the key which I constantly checked with a long spirit level and at times a long plank of 'straight' wood to sit the level on.

Its only a small pond about 10' x 6' x 2'.  Just four levels.  The bottom and the top plus two in between at around 8/10" each - just what looked right at the time to take the 'dry stone' walling/paddle stones to hide any sign of a liner.  And I have to say I'm well pleased with the result.  Having built a few ponds before - some much larger .... this is my best to date.

This one ....

was the one before at my previous house - a 3,500 gal Koi pond with multiple filters in a purpose built shed... somewhat different


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