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Mini pond

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 14:42

In our last tiny back yard  in the inner city we sank a small (about 2/3 the height of a usual one) plastic dustbin into the ground - put some gravel in the bottom, bought a mini waterlily and put it in the dustbin with it's basket on a few bricks, add a couple of bunches of native hornweed and a jamjar full of water and minibeasts from a healthy pond.  Within a few weeks we found a frog had adopted our garden and spent a hot summer cooling off in our pond. 

It was great

Leaf spots

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 14:36

Hmm, I've usually managed to enjoy hollyhocks for a few years (2 or 3 at least) before they turn up their toes.   Then I have a break from them from a few years, and then have another go. 

But as I said, I do find that growing them hard and tough in poor soil does help.  I've not tried them in the lovely soil in this garden.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 14:26

We've been outside all morning - OH has been a saint and turfed around the pond and it looks fantastic and it'll look even better when the turf beds in and the edges soften.  I need to get more marginals now.  

We've also been for a walk across the marshes and done some dipping for mini-beasts in the ditches.  We didn't think we'd got a lot, but when we got home we tipped out containers out into a white plastic box and found we'd got lots of daphne, springtails and a caddis fly larva   They've gone to join our lesser diving beetle and pond skater. 

Here's the pond and the beginning of the Little Wilderness as it looks today 

 

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 The Little Wilderness is going to spread around and in front of the bench and the trellis to the side.  There's lots more plants to go in yet - and I want another big rock to go near the little sisyrinchium.

My pond is a year old now but we haven't had many amphibious visitors :(

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 10:41

Enjoy   We plan to go pond dipping later to bring back some mini-beasts to live in our new pond 

Which way should I place the railway sleepers?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 10:38

So if I understand you correctly, you want to raise the far end of the bed so that it's level with this end - the lawn will continue to slope?

Is this both beds or just one side?

You'll need a fair amount of topsoil to fill the bed. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 10:35

Anyone listening to Radio 2 Love Songs this morning?  Don't know who selects the music for this programme but there are some very odd choices today - they're nearly all about disastrous unhappy relationships!!!

I had a very odd dream last night - featuring our ex MP John Selwyn Gummer (he used to be a neighbour) and some Parma ham 

Soil quality and safety

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 10:25

I don't know the scientific answer to this - hopefully someone will come along who does.

However, if they don't, my instinct is to cultivate the soil to a good spade's depth, leaving it for a couple of weeks for the weather and fresh air to work on it and  birds to have a good scratch about.  

If the soil doesn't appear or smell unpleasant after that then I'd dig in a good layer of well rotted farm yard manure and get on with gardening.  However I think in the first year I'd not grow salad or root crops - I'd concentrate on beans, peas and brassicas.

If your're not happy with the soil then instead of planting veg for the first season, I think I'd sow a green manure that you dig into the soil later in the season - then when that's been done you could plant some winter cropping brassica plants bought from the GC and sow some winter-hardy broad beans to crop in the following spring.

Then next spring I'd stop worrying and get on and enjoy your veg patch. 

 

Which way should I place the railway sleepers?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 10:06

What is the difference in height between one end of the garden and the other?

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 It is possible to use two layers of sleepers on edge - our builder did this for us a while back - he drilled right through both layers of sleeper and inserted long reinforcing rods through them right down into the soil to hold them firm - they are very stable. 

FIDDLE LEAF FIG

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 09:11

Has it been a bit chilly where it is?  They don't like it to drop below 10C.

Which way should I place the railway sleepers?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 09:06

Probably - do you have access to a laptop or pc? 

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