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Wildlife Pond

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 18:27

Hi Ryan, not sure what dimensions that is  in feet and inches etc, but to be honest - any pond will attract wildlife and will be an  asset to your garden. If you can incorporate a slope with gravel or graded sizes of rocks and stones, that will help birds and other creatures get in and out safely. I've not got a pond here, but a while ago we put a little seed tray filled with water and gravel etc near some planting and the birds love it. I hope to put a proper pond in at some time  as I'm used to having one in the houses I've lived in. They're great entertainment.

Youll need oxygenators to keep the water clear if you're not using a pump,and then it's really a case of buying what you like the look of. Marginals sit on the shelves round the edge as they need shallow water or damp ground, and you might want a small water lily to cover part of the surface as it prevents blanket weed forming - that will go in the deeper part. Some planting beside the pond is important too as it provides cover and shelter. There are lots of articles on wildlife ponds online which you might want to look at- just do a search - as it's a big subject to cover in a single thread here. There are specilist nurseries too which will give you lots of info on plants. Marsh marigolds are great marginals and easy to acquire and also the small flag irises. You can get small equisetums which are vertical 'spikes' and provide a place for dragonflies to emerge.

Wildlife will start appearing once you get the pond in! Birds will come and bathe and drink very quickly, and you can encourage them by putting a feeder close by.

I hope you get lots of pleasure from it.

Wilting tomato

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 18:08

That's all I can think of Mike! They do go a bit curly anyway so there's probably nothing wrong. I've just looked at mine and that's what they look like too.

If you can put a photo on that might help - there's lots of very expert tomato growers on here who will be able to help and reassure you.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 18:04

Are you trying to beat Verd by sneaking in early fidget?

You may be ok- he probably is full of doughnut. 

Didn't get cake at my friend's house but she did have KitKats  

No gardening or fence done today and need to organise dinner now..

Wilting tomato

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 17:58

Hi Mike, have you got some ventilation in the greenhouse? Sometimes they just get so hot in there! I only have little plastic growhouses at the moment but it's amazing how the heat builds up - even on cooler days - and the plants look really weary. A bit of fresh air usually perks them up. If nothing else seems amiss that might be all they need. 


Posted: 25/06/2013 at 13:35

Good luck tomorrow Bev- I'm sure you'll be welcomed by all your friends even if the old crone has a 'right face on her' 

No gardening this afternoon for me either Verd -  Black Dragon opening up .....

Off out to a friend so catch up later.

Hope she has cake....

Cats in my flowerbeds

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 08:05

Mike - not sure I'm following you correctly but you could just put the poster's name and then write : re your comment about....Or you could start a new thread but maybe you want to stay on the same thread?

Not sure that makes any sense Mike!

This thread is quite heated isn't it! Peat -the corks ....

Reminds of the joke about the man inventing a holder for tea towels...


Posted: 25/06/2013 at 07:59

Morning all- wouldn't it be nice just to be a bluetit....your only worry for the day is finding insects 

Hi Dove -Bye Dove  That b****y spam....

I'm going out earlier today too- daughter has her school outing that they have at end of year so she has to be in by 8.15. Doesn't get back till near midnight -  how on earth will I stay awake to collect her???

chick I don't know why the hols are different - always been the way. Private schools here are slightly different - a little later.

Daisy - glad you're getting good weather when you're off- it's really annoying when your stuck at work and the sun's out. 

Enjoy your strawbs everyone!

Ailing acer

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 21:40

Pam I know exactly the problem with that shape of pot! I find it's easier to get plants out of them if you do the total opposite of what you're meant to do when moving stuff- ie let them get dried out. They come out more easily and you can always put the plant into a bucket of water to rehydrate before replanting. I've also just chopped into them with a spade -  right through the roots - and removed them.  Since Osakazuki says you can be brutal with them - why  not!

Worth a shot if it saves the tree.

New gardening programme

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 21:23

KEF- Well we couldn't have him just sitting around on the school hols eating cake and stuff....Mrs Andy would get annoyed 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 21:20

Fidget- perhaps it's every cloud'll end up with lots more of them and you wouldn't if you hadn't dropped it 

I thought you didn't need to speak French in France - don't you just shrug your shoulders and go 'huh' in a casual manner...? 

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