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Small pond

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 09:47

If it's to be a wildlife pond you don't need a pump or fish.  We put in a small pond last year using a flexible liner - the pond is about 2m x 1.5m and only about 2ft deep at the deepest bit - we couldn't go deeper because of tree roots.  It's in shade for half of the day and for our pond this is good because as it's shallow the water would overheat if it was in sunlight all day.  We put plenty of native plants in the pond, especially hornwort, watercress and brooklime which are good oxygenators.  We started things off with a couple of litres of water from a ditch on the nearby marshes and within a few weeks wildlife was making itself at home.  We have Common newts, frogs, toads, damsel and dragon flies to name just a few creatures regularly seen thereand a grass snake has visited and eaten a frog.  It's the best thing we've done in this garden - we waste hours laying on our tummies peering into the water watching the life in there - much better than the telly  

The first pic is quite soon after it was planted etc, and the second is just a couple of months later




Posted: 14/11/2014 at 08:08

Good morning all

Pdoc, I'll join you today in not clearing leaves - not because of the rain, but because I'm waiting for them all to fall - I don't want to do the job twice!

Bekkie - you can try and I'll see if I can get used to it

Good to hear from you Bill and everyone else.

I have some Aconitum seeds to sow



Posted: 13/11/2014 at 19:56

DD, yes it's based on a Dan Lepard recipe for stone fruit yoghurt cake that was in the Guardian.

Lesley - we've piled up stuff in quiet corners, including the runner bean haulms in one corner with some hay right at it's inner core - I've seen signs that 'someone's' been going into one of the heaps, there were signs that dry leaves had been taken in, and food left around that area has been regularly eaten - I reckon that's where he is but I won't disturb him.


Posted: 13/11/2014 at 19:05

You're such a gentleman Verdun

Lesley, I'm quite safe - Hefty is all tucked up snug in his heap of runner bean haulms , hay and ash leaves


Posted: 13/11/2014 at 16:52

Hello folks - no baking this afternoon  been at the hairdresser's - but here's one I made earlier

 Nectarine and raspberry cake - good on its own or with cream - anyone got any cream?

Hair all stylish again - think Dame Judy but spikier

I tried to avoid the problem I had last time I was waiting for a bus by going into Debenhams instead of M&S  - didn't work - they had a big sale on   three Mantaray tops in my size and colour - oh well, a person can't go about in her gardening clothes every day

Now I'd better read back and find out what everyone else has been doing today

Weed problem

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 12:49

Weekly attention with a Dutch hoe. Get it before it seeds.

Still waiting for updates everyone?

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 11:31

No, not you; it's the gremlins

how to save elder and birds whilst getting rid of ivy

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 10:19

They're the same plant - it just depends on how you prune it.  There are also different varieties of elder, some with lacy golden leaves, some with black ones.


Posted: 13/11/2014 at 09:46

Sad a cock blackbird just smashed into the studio window - looks like its neck's broken.  It's the problem with the window facing east-southeast and having just been cleaned - there's a lovely reflection of blue skies - we've just stuck some wide masking tape on the window which hopefully will cure the problem.   We had lots of cock blackbirds in the garden this summer and at least one nest brought off three successful broods, so we won't be without blackbirds - but it's a shame nevertheless.

how to save elder and birds whilst getting rid of ivy

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 09:42

Oh well, that's one decision that's been made for you  .  However, elder grows so quickly if you want another one you won't have too long to wait before you have a substantial tree.  But if you want to attract the birds there are lots choices, elder, holly, crab apple to name just a few.

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