Gary Hobson

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Surround for a preformed pond

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 08:02

The main purpose of stones around a pond, and hard edging, is to hold down the edges of a liner.

With a pre-formed pond that shoud be not be necessary.

I like to have plenty of plants around the pond, so that small animals can get in and out in safely. If it's a preformed pond you could run grass right up to it.

If the pond is warping, then I suppose the best thing would be to find out why, and do something about the cause. Maybe some more support is needed beneath part of it. Or a little bit more soil needs to be taken out from somewhere.

Fork Handles

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 06:50

Morning forkers,

Another freezer here. Temperature in the greenhouse, beneath 3 layers of fleece, was just +1C. That's not good. There should be little seedlings under there. I didn't take the fleece up to examine any of them.

We didn't get many comments yesterday about Dean's nursery (photo right at the bottom of p1325) - it looked like a spare bedroom - with trays of plants  - on a bed????? I might decide to bring my babies inside for the next few nights, if they're still alive.

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 15:31

 You may need to enlarge to read the caption in small type..

Rowan Tree Poorly

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 13:14

There were several threads last year about poorly rowan trees.

The consensus of opinion seemed to be that rowan trees require very good drainage, and the trees affected were growing on wet or waterlogged soil, made worse by the very wet Summer.


One of those trees was mine. It now has a blue-ish fungus growing on many of the branches...

I don't know if that's the same type of fungus as yours or not. As far as I can determine, this type of fungus commonly grows on rotting wood.

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 10:39

I think that's a polite way of saying something that could be expressed in a more vulgar manner.

But we don't have anything smutty or distasteful on this thread.

Talkback: Wildlife ponds and growling frogs

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 07:47

The frogs were very active in my pond, in Warwickshire, yesterday (Sat 16th)...

Even if there is a frost, and frost is forecast for this week, then the water beneath the pond surface will retain heat and won't freeze.

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 06:58

Morning forkers,

Got a surprise when I went outside this morning - ice on the birdbath. That wasn't forecast. And temp in the greenhouse just 0.5C. And the nights are forecast to get colder.

Glad someone enjoyed their opera last night. I only like the ones with happy endings. Don't want to go to bed and have nightmares. I did see the Magic Flute, on DVD, a few nights ago, when there was nothing on telly. Also have a few others stored away for rainy days.

Photo from the jolly frog party yesterday. They like to play this piggy-back game ...


Posted: 16/03/2013 at 16:10

Severing the plant at the root is a simple solution. That won't kill the plant, but the existing growth will all then die back. The dead brown mass would then be very unsightly from his side of the fence; but that would then be his problem.

Presumalby the fence is wholly owned by you. That presumably means both sides of the fence itself. So presumably he is not entitled to grow anything on it.

Design program

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 08:20

Someone asked the same question last week, where you'll find an answer...

Joe Swift was simply doing a free-hand drawing, using an app on his tablet. In the old days of Alan Titchmarsh and Ground Force, Alan Titchmarsh would produce a very similar sort of drawing, using a pencil and paper. It's just the same principle.


Fork Handles

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 07:17

Morning forkers,

Waking up to puddles in the garden this morning.

Well, it's nice weather for some... Have a pond full of happy frogs singing merrily away. Haven't heard them for the past week. Now it's time for them to party. Not easy to catch the words, but I think they were singing 'we all do it together'.

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