Latest posts by Haisie


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 07:42

Thank you, All! I'm determined to make one before the end of summer. Sorry about the spelling mistakes - often staring at my garden, while typing, wondering what to do next! Lyndab, what is an air stone?


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 07:30

I have grown Dahlias this year - did do once a few years ago. But I will grow them again as I have a white one that is attracting so many insects that it's a beautiful sight, I have a pink one that is not attrating any insects. I wonder why they only like the white one Sorry, I don't know the names as I lost the labels The white one has numerous flowers with a lovely yellow centre and each one always has a black addition of a bee and hover flies constantly surround it!


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 16:37

Lyndab, you have done what I want to do! What is an sir stone? And what is the tub you have used, please? I have a frog that looks exactly like yours, in fact I have some smaller ones hopping about and have done for years Would really love some expert advice from someone. I have been reading up (googled) and came across a 'Save the Frogs' site. This site recommended that a small pond be about 2ft deep - does it really have to be that deep? And I've been looking for a suitable container for ages I went to Dobbies garden centre today and they had a small, moulded pond for half price - £18 - nearly bought it but they had sold out at the branch near me. I'm wondering if I could use a small tub - like am old cat litter tray, a big sized one, but will that be deep enough - doubt it?


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 18:12

Thanks Swiss Sue - that's what the upturned slabs will be for too, to give them something to get out of - all instructions are on here somewhere! A net is a good idea, although just not possible in my garden as it is north facing and clay soil it gets swamped in winter and not too goo to walk across - will stay with my idea of putting it near the house - only option I have in my garden.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 17:02

Oh and I don't think that I can put one in my garden as advice says it should be shady, not overlooked by trees as leaves fall into it. I just don't seem to have the right spot to dig. I have a north facing back garden but in summer the sun creeps to about 4 ft away from the house My plan was to put it next to my fence in the shaded bit...


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 16:59

Little weeeed, thank you for the suggestion that I should put an ad in freegle r free cycle things - great idea. I've been looking for so long now and I got the jist that 'old' things come at a huge price. It seems really trendy to use old things and they do come at a price. I looked on a website at a reclamation yard thing near me in Lancashire and they had what I wanted - an old stone trough, only small, and it was a whooping £300! Some went up to £3000! I think I'll eventually drag a stone kerb home and use my nail-file to chisel it out...


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 15:37

There is a guide on GW to show you how to build a small pond. A video also I think. I am also going to build a small pond when I find the right old sink/trough. I've been looking for what I want for a long time but old troughs are so expensive. I don't want to sink one into my garden as I don't have a shaded area where the grass is. So I want to have one on a couple of bricks with a ramp for the frogs to get in. I will use builder's sand, upturned plant pots and slabs of something to give them places to hide. A ouple of plants too. Really wish I could find something appropriate to build it with. I don't want to use a plastic container.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 21:38

Fantastic tips - thank you. I do love cats, I have two, but not their poo!


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 19:22


Can anyone help with how to keep cats out of borders, please? I recently dug up four conifers (cat mess was quite a problem before) and I might as well have a sign for ladies and gents litter trays 'this way'. I have tried water-filled bottles and orange peel, but, I swear, the cats just turn and laugh at the house!


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 19:16

Thanks, BTG, I've read up on them now - daft that I didn't know what they were. They are so lovely mixed in with the other insects loving my white dahlia - they leave the pink one totally alone. First time for growing dahlias and the insects love them.

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