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Talkback: How to maintain a garden pond

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 18:30

Just call me Benedict Cumberbatch  Lesley....


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 18:28

It's ok Liri - I'd have looked after your cottage for you...

Noticed one of my little white cyclamen has a bud ready today. They're lovely plants aren't they ?

Cloudy and humid here too - headache weather - but it might lack of sleep for me  

 I've put some of my new gravel down round the pond, chopped the tops off the last couple of fence posts in the front garden, and fed the front grass. That's enough for me today. 

Off to organise dinner for me and youngest - older daughter has been at work since 8am and doesn't finish till 9pm - culture shock!  

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 18:16

OL - you get stuck in and storm on...we're here to give you a wee lift when you need it!  

Talkback: How to maintain a garden pond

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 18:12

Hope that's not a naughty little advert Rebecca....

Hmmm...first post....5pm on a Friday....what say you Dr Watson?....


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 18:09

I've recommended watercress several times because I know from experience - it works! 


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 15:56

Lyn - I sometimes wonder how I ever manage to get out my door...

Weed identification please

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 15:53

Thought the second one looked like Joe-Pye Weed, Eupatorium.


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 15:47

Always lovely to get a nice  prezzie Dove. That'll keep you out of trouble while you recover from your injuries 

Woody - you need a house on it ...then it can be  your 'Little House on the Prairie'...

Been very lazy - washed some of the gravel for putting by the pond... 

That's all 

North facing Porch

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 14:56

Sarcococca is Christmas box - an evergreen shrub. Don't know how happy they'd be undercover but might be worth trying.

Inexpensive suggestions for improving garden

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 14:52

It may be less deep than you think Kai, and since you're saying it's a bit ropey anyway, you could probably tackle it with a sledgehammer and bag it to take away. I've broken up concrete quite easily that way 

You can then fill in with soil to match the level of the rest of the grass and either turf or reseed. 

I take it the area at the bottom of the pic is where your house is? You can create a simple, small space with gravel or paving there, to give you an alternative little seating/dining area near your back door.  Ideal for a cuppa or a glass of wine after a hard day! That way you can make the most of sunny areas you have too. If you're going to have children, the bigger lawn would be a benefit, and you'll spend more time out there once you have them - swings, slides and sandpits 

Quick note about that brick wall - if it's not yours you can't attach anything directly to it, but you could plant some shrubs along the front, including some scented ones as it would be next to a seating area, or you could put in some posts and trellis independent of the wall, for climbers. It largely depends how much time you have for maintenance too. Sweet peas are handy for summer scent and colour so that's a cheap way of getting some quick impact next summer.

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