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Talkback: Build a garden pond

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 18:22
I agree with the comment that the pond will seem smaller when planted. I have just dug my second and therefore larger pond although I have read that a series of ponds works really well for wildlife. I have a garage nearby and could install a downpipe and then a pipe, half pipe or rill across a short piece of lawn to the new pond, thus supplying the pond with lots of rainwater. Seemed like a good idea but am worried about flooding as the amount of water going into the water butt at the other side of the garage can be quite something. Any ideas?

making a bog garden

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 11:27

I too have dug a bog garden. It is about six to eight foot long but narrow and sits behind my 'wildlife pond' or puddle really. I dug down a good 18 inches, chucked away all the rubble and lined it with pond liner (forked with holes) and the hose pipe idea, also 'holed'. I put lots of compost into the hole - I also lined it with the turf, upside down as I read this was good. I now grow snakeshead frittilliary, candelabra primulas, astible and equesetum (not the horsetail one which is invasive, think its japonica). The hose pipe needs to be closed at one end or the water comes out! (I know - didn't think of that). It doesn't seem to sttract much wildlife although we have frogs in the pond and other creatures. Neither does it seem to remain very boggy. But the astilbe, which never thrived elsewhere inb my garden is very happy.

Small sink pond

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 09:31

My galvanised bath, planted up with a couple of water plants, developed a red slime last year all over the decorative stones. I cleaned it all out, started again and hey presto! this month it's back. I spoke to someone who sells these baths as I thought it may be some kind of rust, but he says it's an algae. Anybody gotany answers to this one?

Talkback: Making leaf mould

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 11:54

I understand that leafmould takes 18 months to make - not a year. A few years ago I bought a 'cage' for my leaves but it doesn't quite rot down before the next year's leaves fall. I still put it on the garden where it finishes the job. Before the 'cage' I did use black plastic sacks one year, but when I lifted them they had so many creepie crawlies on them I had to run for cover. Yes, I know! The cage is a much better option for wimps like me. And yes, I do add some to my copmost bins.


Posted: 08/10/2012 at 11:42

I do sympathise with Carol as I understand how starlings can hoover up everything almost before you have come back in the house. I saw a clever trick in a garden recently: the woman has used two green plastic-covered metal hanginging baskets and laced them together with wire to form a ball  - but inside she had placed an ordinary feeder. The small birds hopped in and out the the bigger ones couldn't get through. Not so efficient for refilling unless you think about it carefully. If you have hanging baskets hanging around (!) might be a cheaper alternative.

how to get rid of ivy in a wall

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 18:48

I have a dry stone wall at the bottom of my garden and ivy (planted by the previous gardener) grows inside the wall. I have removed all the ivy from the ground but it grows well enough just in the wall. Although I know about wildlife and carbon footprint and all that, it is damaging the wall. What can I do?


Talkback: Plants for a green roof

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 11:21
I have made a green roof on top of a sloping shed just outside my backdoor. I trawled the internet for advice and placed several layers in a frame (membrane, old towels, rough gravel, soil, grit etc). I have planted it with sedums and sempervivums. I did this early in the year (March I think) and everything has already grown really well. I left plenty of space between plants and I have also tilted the shed slightly, and used a chain under the front ridge of the roof along which the water drips, and then goes down the chain at the end into a bucket. It is in shade for much of the day but this hasn't been a problem so far. I thought all the rain we had would rot the plants but so far, so good. One note of cuation, she little shed is now harde to move; well impossibloe really!

Talkback: Taking basal cuttings video project

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 21:56
As per usual, great instructions and then left in mid air. Do I harden them off outside? What do I do after 'potting on'? When do I plant them out in the groun?
This is the trouble with some of the Gardener's Worold 'excellent' instructions - they just stop at a point where the gardener (Carol, Monty etc) know exactly what happends next. But I don't!

after watching Sarah Raven

Posted: 23/03/2012 at 18:13

As far as I am aware, the earth needs to be fertile and fine for these wildflower seeds to grow. Pictorial Meadows has a website which talks about ground prep. However you can buy plug plants from some sources. But it sounds as though you have a lot of work to do before you can plant stuff. Sorry!

after watching Sarah Raven

Posted: 23/03/2012 at 12:34

Super wild flower seed is available from Pictorial Meadows of Sheffield. Their website is a bit tricky, but you can buy small packets for the garden. (I phoned up). I have used strawberry and cream mixture and the marmalade mix over the last two years AND THEY HAVE BEEN AMAZING. The soil needs to be fertile for this seed, so if you haven't got a bit of waste land, sprinkle these packets in the borders and prepare to be amazed.

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how to get rid of ivy in a wall

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