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Hedgehog spotted

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 17:46

We visited a house last weekend where my daughter was dog sitting. Lovely,big garden with a pond. I went down for a look. It was completely covered in duckweed with a tiny mound of prickles poking up in the middle! Really upsetting that a small hog  had fallen in and drowned. There wasn't an escape ramp. Daughter under strict instructions to inform the dog owner.????

Soil over pond liner in a wildife pond

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 20:23

we used some kiddies play sand in the bottom. Just enough to cover the bottom. Plants are in pots or floaters. 

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 20:46

Love to see another pond in the making Paula. We tucked our liner under the soil at the pond edge and then laid turf from the lawn edge and over the liner. I never expected the grass to do so well on the liner but it's now down to the water in some places. I did use strips of hessian sack to wick moisture from the pond to the new turf. That's now perished but gave the grass a good start. Hoping for some frogspawn in a couple of years if the frogs stay with us.

Frog

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 21:58

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/89911.jpg?width=376&height=350&mode=max

 Thanks you two. Just this one then that's me done posting random pics. No wonder it takes me ages to deadhead!

Frog

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 19:59

Thanks for the advice and the accompanying pic. Not sure about the pond 'freezing in summer' though! We have most of the plants you mention and plenty of Myositis and Beccabunga (if that's spelt correctly). They've spread all over the shallows.  Don't see many backswimmers now though as there isn't much plant free surface. I have no idea where the first frogs came from. We saw three at the same time in the first year and I saw three today. So let's hope they've been here for two years and are planning on staying. Just hope the hedgehogs have enough mealworms and Spike biscuits and don't fancy frog for supper! 

Frog

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 22:52

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/88387.jpg?width=369&height=350&mode=max

My Samsung 5 takes great pictures. Cameras are too complicated for me these days!

Frog

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 21:19
http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/88136.jpg?width=350

I was clearing some weed out of the pond yesterday and noticed this little chap/lady. How much of the pond volume should be free of oxygenating weed? The hornwort didn't really grow for two years so I kept adding more. Now I'm not sure if there's too much! Can you have too much surface cover with frogbit and lily leaves? I hate pulling stuff out.

Another Bee Box Q

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 22:43

I've bought boxes before with the tubes already in and had great success. All the tubes filled and the majority hatched. However, when I read about solitary bee houses it seems that if you leave them out year after year that parasites and disease can become a problem as time goes on. So this year I bought bee tubes and as advised by Google I lined them with brown paper. I can then remove the paper tubes and put them somewhere cold in a box over winter. When the weather warms up I'll place the paper tubes somewhere sunny and dry and the bees will hopefully hatch directly from the paper tubes. This then ensures that If there are any parasites they will be in the paper tubes and the wooden/bamboo will be clean and ready for next year. They are quite expensive to throw away.

Another Bee Box Q

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 22:43

I think it was a site called Crown Bees that had a lot of info. But there's plenty out there about bee tubes.

Another Bee Box Q

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 22:40

I've bought boxes before with the tubes already in and had great success. All the tubes filled and the majority hatched. However, when I read about solitary bee houses it seems that if you leave them out year after year that parasites and disease can become a problem as time goes on. So this year I bought bee tubes and as advised by Google I lined them with brown paper. I can then remove the paper tubes and put them somewhere cold in a box over winter. When the weather warms up I'll place the paper tubes somewhere sunny and dry and the bees will hopefully hatch directly from the paper tubes. This then ensures that If there are any parasites they will be in the paper tubes and the wooden/bamboo will be clean and ready for next year. They are quite expensive to throw away.

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