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Talkback: Wildlife ponds

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 10:38

You will Kate, it's hard graft and take a lifetime to acheive.The best bit is that you will enjoy creating it as long as you work with nature and remember that you are sharing your space with other LIVING things. Ask any oldie like me!

Wildlife gardening...hopes for the future

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 10:30

Oh my God,someone ,at last supporting what I have been saying for 50 years. I live in Surrey and know what you mean. I can't understand why people buy houses with gardens and then build 6" fences and walls. Then they concrete the garden and turn it into a monument patch with trees growing in pots.!! It is all to do with "control", I'm told.The trees are clipped and no wildlife is allowed in this NEAT patch. They have told me to REMOVE my compost bins(oh yeah) and water butts, as they are "ugly".Not aesthetic is the word! I could go on...!

Bye the way, they LIKE watching the wildlife in my garden. How sad.

PS I have just bought more compost bins and water butts.

Bambo like plant

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 10:07

MuddyFork is right, but it is managable and the leaves take on a chocolate tinge around the edges in the autumn.There are bunches of little white flowers in spring but the performance of the plant is in the autumn when the flowers turn into grapelike bunches of burgundy. The birds love them and the plant provides wonderful colour in winter. Enjoy it .

mmmmm rhubarb

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 12:46
jatnikapyar wrote (see)

Yes, and it does very well if kept well watered. My neighbour loves it and thinks it is too expensive to buy(she is 82!!) So last year I planted four roots in some large redunant pots from my garden and they did VERY well.(I mean the rubarb) She has just picked her last lot  for the year and we have covered the crowns with spent compost.....result, one very happy young lady. So do try it and good luck!


So annoying or not!!

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 11:35

Put fleece on them at night Gracie5, and with luck you might be able to save them for X'mas as lowering night temperatures also affect plants.


Posted: 10/10/2012 at 11:29

Very reassuring Moonlit Hare....thank you, I was contemplating leaving the forum and putting my head in the sand!

Has anyone grown...

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 15:36

Yes they are easy to grow and hardy. They die down in winter and pop up again in the spring. Slugs love them at this stage! Are easy to propagate as they multiply by throwing suckers, shooting up from the ground around the main plant! The fruit when ripe, turns orange and is sour. Chefs serve them as decor (dipped in chocolate) on desserts. The fruits, encased in orange "lanterns" make pretty dried decorations. So have a go and enjoy.

Cats have killed all my frogs

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 15:15

No Gracie5, I do not live in the country,assumption can be wrong. I live in the suburbs of a very busy town and am yet to see a fox square up to a squirell. I am 70 and yes, we do have squirells too.


Posted: 09/10/2012 at 15:05

Thank you Welshonion, you are a star. there is a time and place for frivolity........

Thank you for putting my mind to rest.....bless you

Cats have killed all my frogs

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 10:18

I encourage wildlife in my garden and tolerate cats too. Grace, as with cats, unless I see them myself, I would not blame foxes.For 40 years I have watched cats, foxes badgers and birds in my garden. I have a pond too with fish and frogs but have not seen foxes "attacking " the pond. I have had herons take the fish and seen cats catch frogs and play with them. I rest my case.

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