Latest posts by frensclan

Pont SOS

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 17:18

I hope someone can advise about a problem I have with my small wildlife pond. It has been in for 3yrs now and has well established planting both in and around. Till this spring I have had only the usual blanket/pond weed problem brought in with an early plant when I was a total novice!!!

Over the last couple of weeks I have noticed a growing amount of green frothy stuff on the surface of the pond. When I first saw it I started to net it out but found I was catching newt spawn so have replaced this and left well alone. I did treat the water with an organic algae product but this does not seem to have helped. I have replaced my barley straw sock with fresh straw but am not sure what to do next.

There does not seem to be any algae under the surface of the water but it is all mixed in with the marginal plants and covered about half the surface of the water.

Does anyone recognise this and also I would be grateful for any advice on how to treat without jeopardising the frog and newt spawn. It is a still pond that I top up with rain water. I did put in a whole water but full in about 4 weeks ago as it had got very low in the winter months and wonder if this might have been the cause. It was quite clear so not sure if it is connected.

Farmyard manure ....what exactly is it these days?

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 20:01

I bought some bags from my local garden centre back end of last year and when I opened them up to mulch the smell was awful. Had it been an animal smell great but mostly smelled of creosote. When I went back to complain I was told that the animals bedding had probably been changed. Needless to say I won't be going back. Currently looking out for a local supply from a farm. Nor so easy these days though.

Lidl surprises

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 10:02

We got our TV from Lidl aver 6 years ago and it is great. Half the price of the same model in Tesco so very satisfied customer.

GW 2015

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 10:00

Had a bit of a brainstorm there Forester2 You are quite right I mean Beechgrove, sorry!

Clay soil, digging it out

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 09:42

Depends how deep the layer of clay is and how big the area. We dug out 3' down and were still finding clay . I was told it is meters thick here. Perhaps it would be worth digging a sample hole at the edge of the space and to see how deep your clay is. As I said we found that a sump simply  collected the water and overflowed onto the soil when full of rainwater. For us the solution would have been to put in land drains that fed the house drainage system but this was not technically possible.

We did find spiking the area with a fork and filling these holes with sharp sand made a difference. I am sure there will be more advice coming your way from others on the site. Good luck with it.


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 09:30

I read these posts with terrible sadness. What is our country coming to that they can not support caring family members. Thinking of you today. So much strength and support being sent to you through the site. Stay safe.

Lidl surprises

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 09:19

All I can say is go for it. They are really good at refunding if you are not happy. You just have to remember to keep the receipt. My brother in law bought a small rotovator from them some years ago. Just inside the 3yr period he got it out of the shed to prepare the ground and found it was faulty. He took it back and they refunded with no argument at all. I think they are great value, good quality and first rate customer service.

Sweet Peas

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 09:12

I was unable to sow mine at the end of last year as usual and in this part of the country, way up north, it is far to cold to plant out until at least May. I am going to put some seeds in in about a week as if I sow them any earlier they get too big in the cold frame to protect from the frosts. Good luck with your white ones I had some last year and they are really stunning.

indoor cyclamen

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 09:08

My mother in law (bless her!) has one my husband bought for her over 10yrs ago. She waters it sparingly when it stops flowering and only removes dead leaves. It has gone on producing flowers year after year. I think there was a slot in one of the Gardeners World Magazines last year by Alan Titmarsh on how to keep them going ? Can't remember the issue though.

GW 2015

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 09:05

Well I have not seen the second episode yet as I have to record it on Sunday morning( husband recording sport on Friday night!!!) . I agree with lots of the comments above, Monty does not look well , hope the spring helps as I know he struggles with the long dark days as do many of us. Really glad the show is back as whatever the subject it brightens my week. I agree that the "small garden" makes me smile and it would be great if they had a section on "really " small ones. I remember back in the day Gay Search did a series on small gardens and this was filled with good ideas for small spaces.

Perhaps the section would be improved if they included ideas on how to scale the projects  down, or smaller versions of plants to create the same effect. I don't think it matters where on the social scale people come from as long as they have a genuine passion for gardening, miss the allotment slot that Joe did some years back.

Still Glory Days at least it is back on our screens. Waiting for Berryfields now as it is really  relevant for those growing in the north of England.

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