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Talkback: Wildlife ponds

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 19:49

I have to share my year old pond with a 7 month old dog. He just loves to stand in it. I have tried to deter him with netting but to no avail. Hopefully I will still have some frogs next year. Fingers crossed but it may be that I will have to dig another pond or invest in a tin bath.


Posted: 09/06/2012 at 21:38

Thanks Alina

Just to let you know I have spent 8 hours today  out in the sunshine digging out as much as possible. Hopefully, tomorrow will be dry too, and the next day, and the next.....


Posted: 08/06/2012 at 13:33

I have had my garden for less than a year and did not really take any note of what was growing in the grass when I bought the flat last summer.  I just hacked it back as it was very long, 3 foot and more is some places. I then dug out several flower beds. This year I have discovered that I have horsetail growing in my garden. I have never come across it before and was in total ignorance so you can imagine my dismay coming back home this week after two weeks away to find out it has taken over the garden.

It grows in abundance in the forests in Vancouver.

I think it is worse than bindweed as the roots are the same colour as the earth so any useful tips on how to get rid of it would be very welcome. I do appreciate that I may have a long battle ahead of me.

Talkback: Plans for a garden

Posted: 02/03/2012 at 15:30

Hi Ponkel

All I can about white fly is that they get everywhere. They loved all the hiding places in  our Cavelo Nero. (My sister and I share an allotment) Try some collars for the base of the plants to stop eggs being laid.

Talkback: Plans for a garden

Posted: 02/03/2012 at 12:48

Hello Homebird

Sorry it's taken so long to acknowledge you. I'm not technical at the best of times and have only just seen this. I shall have to try and scroll back and see what's been happening since I was last on, it's in my 'favourites' now so can find it straight away !

Only just managing to get back into garden, did a lot of tidying up last weekend. Yes, it is exciting and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes up without any input from me !!

Hope to have a mini meadow at the end of the garden so will need to start on that soon. I've made up a mammal nest/home with odd bits of wood and hopefully a few beasts will be impressed with my efforts and make themselves at home.  Also, I've been feeding the birds and am managing to get some repeat visitors. The blackbird follow my trail of raisins and I are quite happy to come up to the top step and onto the patio. I even had a pheasant in the garden last month, bit of a surprise but a nice one.

Talkback: Plans for a garden

Posted: 25/01/2012 at 13:45
I moved into a flat last August where the garden has not, apparently, been worked on for 12 years. It's sloping with wonderful views across the Bristol Channel.
Luckily the soil is wonderful and I have a lot of space, more than I have ever had, butI was dreading having to dig it and get rid of grass which, in some places, was about 3 feet high. Anyway I did dig and dig and dig...
Have actually set up a blog (more of a diary for my own benefit) if you google "willieverfinishdigging" you can find out more.
Anyway, I have dug out a rose plot plus two flower beds (have started filling them with dahlias, agapanthus, chrysanthemums and lots of other flowering periennals) besides a fruit plot for raspberries and strawberries and one vine.
Climbing roses and clematis have to be fitted in somewhere.
I have also dug plots so I could have an apple and a cherry tree plus two cobnuts (no doubt the birds and squirrels will get there before me).
And........ I dug out a pond too. It has been filled but before too long I will need to get out there to clear all the fallen leaves and other bits which have fallen in.
Underneath all the grass I found a rockery.. Hopefully I will be able to get around to doing something with it next year if not this.
I also intend to keep some of the garden for wild life.
Think I have enough work to do to keep me busy for a few years.. I really am quite excited by it all.
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