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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.  


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


 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. 


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?

 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. 


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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