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Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 17:33

Hi Lindsay, can you remember which plants you bought for your micro pond? I only ask as my local pond people are in a multi chain thingy and the assistants a bit fey when asked a question! so I shall probably have to buy from the internet.  I am assuming they were a dwarf variety of something a bit like a rock garden on land? You must be delighted at how your wonderful project has spurred so many people on to have a go

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 10:27

This is all so inspiring and of course as with Hester's cautionary tale above reminds us of how greatly we can affect natural processes. I have a s I said before newts well (newtlets) really  and I have read that they move away from the pond once adult for up to three years and live on land. I wonder if they pop back now and them into the water? does anyone our there know if frogs toads and newts use the pond all year round or like the newts do frogs and toads live on land for much of the time?

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:09

Hi Forester2,

interesting about the male frogs wintering at the bottom of your pond. I didn't know that they did that. Do they come out and about at all? I expect that is a silly question but wondered how I would know if I had some at the bottom of my pond. Whenever I clear out the weed with my net I have to rescue and return tiny newts which I am supposing are baby ones but have never found a frog although my husband sees the odd one when he is watering in the area.

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:03

Hi Lindsay4,

thanks for that summary of the process as that was going to be my next question. You can see from other responses that we all think your idea and result was/is great. Hopefully you will be enjoying it for many more years to come. I have left some piles of twigs covered in bits of soil and grass near  my bigger pond with old roofing tiles and bits and bobs stacked haphazardly in the hope it will provide some winter shelter.

Sad Crab Apple

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:57

Hi Buddyboy,

thankyou for that I have made a note and will get some of the above so that I can treat  my trees in the spring. I will have a good clear up now as you suggest. You have been a great help. thankyou

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:40

HI Lindsay4,

I love this  and although we have built a much bigger pond in the part of our garden (well almost a sixth really) that is a pond ever time it rains! I am really enthused by your idea. I am wondering if I can create something similar in a part of the garden near my raised vegetable beds; or really anywhere as I so like the idea. I will be pondering on this for a while. I love frogs newts and toads.

Sad Crab Apple

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:16

HI Buddyboy,

no nothing like that only the spots and with really bad ones the leaf is almost black all over.

Sad Crab Apple

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 17:45


I will see if my other half can take a photo of the leaf I have by me here. I have MS so can't hold the camera still enough to get a clear picture but in case I can't get one on the system for you to have a look at thank you very much for your help and I will certainly follow your advice.

Sad Crab Apple

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 16:39

Hi Buddyboy, yes more like the bottom one;( that is on the one with leaves left).  I have just nipped out to have a look again at the badly affected one and that has leaves like the top and bottom. As far as I can see non of the blistering like the middle photo though? The trees have only been in for 1 and 3 years so am a little worried as I was hoping that they could be treated and recover?They still seem to be putting on growth and wonder if I introduced the problem by pruning the badly affected one at the beginning of last year. It seems to come into leaf fine to start with and the one I put in last year has just started to show a couple of affected leaves this week. Obviously I will clear away; the ground under the trees. Do you know if there is anything I can do now to reduce the damage? Also if you agree with  me that it is probably scab I will look up annual treatment to try to eradicate it.

Sad Crab Apple

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 15:26

Well I  have had a good look at the tree and can find no black markings or mould on the trunk or branches only a few discoloured leaves. There is no evidence of any aphid activity and no stickiness on any of the leaves.

I  have noticed a couple of discoloured leaves on my other crab apple , black circles meeting up but no difference in leaf texture. The only thing I saw was one tiny scurrying browny orange insect. I am wondering if it is actually scab?

Is there any benefit in my getting something to spray them with now as the second crab apple produced a great unblemished crop this year and still has all its leaves?

having trouble getting onto the RHS s ite at the moment but thanks for the link Buddyboy.

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