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Instead of a Beck

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 08:49

A long time ago we had a beck at the bottom of our garden - it was great, it formed a natural boundary to our property, gave us the opportunity to have plants that love to have their feet damp all the year round and don't mind the occasional flooding, and we saw so much wildlife in the garden, grass snakes, frogs, toads, herons, water voles and lots of birds who lived amongst the reeds.

Where we live now is near to a river and marshland, but we can't see it from the house - we do get frogs here - anyway I'm thinking of creating a small wildlife pond here.  The garden's not big (12m x 12m) and we have the veg patch and two big ash trees as well as The Shady Bank to consider, and I don't really want to run electricity to it for a pump.

What's the smallest viable wildlife pond I can get away with, to be deep enough for frogs etc to overwinter in the bottom, and to have enough oxygenating plants to remain healthy?

And of course, any tips/ideas are welcome.

Is our hedge destroyed?

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 08:37

Hello Daveyboy and welcome 

What a shock that must have been for you - whether it will grow up again depends on what sort of hedge it is.  Can you identify it or post some pictures for us please?

To post pics, just click on the little tree icon in the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions.


Posted: 13/10/2013 at 08:10

Hello Stacey, a pot of Hot Java Lava on the go - watch out for the caffeine - that'll sort you out, you'll be grating orange rind and stirring vine fruits like there's no tomorrow (although that would make Christmas cake baking rather pointless )

I've made a decision not to make a fruit Christmas Cake this year - as I'm going to have plenty of time to bake closer to the Big Day, I'm going to make a Chocolate and hazlenut roulade and turn it into a Christmas Log 


Posted: 13/10/2013 at 07:50

At this time of the year we may reflect on the hopes and dreams we had in the spring when, having read the blurb in the catalogues and seen the pictures on the seed packets, we wonder if it's our fault that we've not attained perfection.

Like lemmings we all rush to the garden centre to try again, blinkered to reality ....

We are not alone,243834 


Posted: 13/10/2013 at 07:33

Ours are the same - think the wet weather we've had here over the past two nights have brought out the worms and slugs so they're tucking in to those.  Same thing happened this time of year last year.  Last year ours didn't go into hibernation until December - they need the fallen leaves to build their hibernacula and the leaf-drop has hardly started.  I keep putting the food out for a good while yet - if they've not eaten it overnight I put it out for the birds.

We've found that when the leaves have fallen we see our hedgehogs out during the day gathering leaves - presumably because that's when they're dry - the leaves are quite wet overnight and a nest made of wet leaves wouldn't be warm and cosy.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 07:23

Oh drat and double drat - I just did a huge long post about our tomatoes this year and something happened and I lost it - I need another coffee!!!


Posted: 13/10/2013 at 06:58

Good morning Brumbull - I'm ready for my second cuppa - are you making ....?


Posted: 13/10/2013 at 06:43

Good morning all 

No expert, sorry, I was tucked up in bed early yesterday and missed your question.

I believe we established a good while ago that Tower Hamlets is the default location this forum gives to anyone whose ISP address is located outside the UK.  Not fantastic I agree, but I believe that this forum has taken off in a way not forseen by the GW magazine and it's publishers, and we do the best we can with it. 

A while back (earlier this year, or was it last?) we had a thread with a map on it where we could show our location - I wonder if any of us has the patience to find it and bring it back up to the top? 

One of the other idiosyncracies of this forum is the inability to pin anything to the top of the board - c'est la vie 

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 22:19

She maintains she always is - however Pa knows that he's sometimes right, but feels it's best not to tell Ma  


Posted: 12/10/2013 at 22:18

Well that's a relief! 

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