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What should I do with the frog under my floor?

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 23:15

Nice poem Edd   I'd leave well alone, putting the frog back outside would encourage her to use up valuable energy searching for somewhere else. I like to create a heap of prunings,grass clippings etc for them to shelter in 

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 19:06

Philippa - Thank you. I wonder if Mr Ramsay dug a pond for himself and if so I'm sure the air was blue!!

Guernsey Donkey - I found the grass sends its roots into the pond. Also if I top the pond up with rainwater from the water butt, the overflow tends to keep the turves wet anyway. This allows me to plant moisture loving species at various points by cutting out 'pockets' between the grass.

Angi - I can see you wouldn't need liner to create damp soil living in Scotland. I can remember Glencoe from my childhood and crikey did it rain there!! I'm in Northamptonshire which is one of the driest counties in the UK. In a hot spell even the ground with liner under it can dry out. The pond is now 2 years old and this spring we had frogspawn for the first time, also the shed skin of dragonfly larvae on vegetation.

To create a little 'beach' I laid some brick pavers on the pond shelf and filled with pea gravel, then planted it up. I think once you provide the facilities for plants and wildlife, they will do the rest.

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 15:30

Pond when first filled with water

A strip of turves lining the edge were then cut away, the excess liner laid in the space left, then the turves laid back on top. On the far side I dug a 'trench', laid excess liner/old compost bags down and refilled.

The pond this spring

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 20:16

Excellent diagrams Hogweed, I totally agree with watery.

Angi - your levels look ideal to me and I wouldn't alter a thing. It looks a great project and I'm sure will look lovely once finished. Have you considered creating a boggy area on one side? I dug out a strip of soil, lined it with leftover liner and refilled. I will try to upload some pics later

Mystery Plant

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 21:15


Mystery Plant

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 19:01

Cambridgerose - I wonder if you may be on to something. The garden has probably been here for some years, a previous tennant was a keen gardener with a greenhouse. I don't think there has been a pond in our garden as far as I know. I dug this one out 2 years ago. However I did receive some very welcome plant donations from the lovely members of this site. Could it be possible a plant was mislabeled or a piece of zantedeschia aethiopica was accidentally included?

The media

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 20:27

Dave, while agreeing with you for the most part, I would argue the threat of mutual nuclear annihilation has played a greater role in maintaining world peace, at least between countries that carry a nuclear threat.

Unknown plant!

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 20:18

Sorry Jaclyn, I'm not familiar with this plant though some here may be 

Mystery Plant

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 18:58

Thank you for your contribution Asarum.  Whatever it is, I didn't put it there 

Mystery Plant

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 15:23

Thank you Dove, I'd be very pleased if it was. Though goodness knows how it got there, it's right at the edge of the pond where the soil is frequently saturated.

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