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Wildlife pond advice

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 18:52

Just found this nice little website showing how a family have turned their bland city garden into a wildlife haven, including a pond...

Gardeners World Live

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 18:41

tattianna, Gary is correct. For your first visit you will no doubt find it enjoyable. Take a light rain coat and a small rucksack to carry it in. The outdoor bit isnt that big so dont worry too much. You will find that if it rains then everyone rushes inside the floral marquee or into the maon halls. There are stands selling trollies so you can wheel around any purchases. There is even an area inside the hall where you can drop off your purchases to pick up later.

Today was dry when I arrived so I did the outdoors bit first. I dont think there were as many exhibitors or show gardens in the outdoors bit this year. As usual there were stands selling plant supports, furniture etc, and then some off topic stalls selling binoculars etc!! But overall it felt a bit week. Though I did stand and watch Rachael De Thames' presentation for a while.

I then went indoors and wondered around for about 20 mins. Joe Swift was doing a presentation which I watched briefly. Then I realised that I had completely done the GW hall. It was all in one hall, Im sure last time they perhaps took up two halls? None of these exhibitor stands really interested me, especially as some of them weren't anything to do with gardening - EDF Energy, massage chairs, magical cleaning chemicals etc.

I then found myself in the Good Food Show hall, again this didnt seem as big as I remembered from previous years. Briefly watched the Hairy Bikers presentation, then I wondered off for a roast hog sandwich.

The last time I went was about 2008 and I enjoyed it. Especially being partnered with the Good Food Show. I even purchased my greenhouse from The GreenHouse People who were exhibiting there. They were there again this year, but like the other main exhibitors, their stalls were smaller than before. Its as if in these times of recession nobody wants to commit to the large shows, I guess it costs a small fortune to exhibit?

Gardeners World Live

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 14:05
Gary, ill do you a deal. My ticket cost ??24 on the gate. Send me ??12 and then we have both saved 50% ?

Gardeners World Live

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 12:54
Well im at GW Live right now and what a disappointment, much smaller than when i last came in 2008. Empty spaces in the halls as if theres a lack of exhibitors? Hardly anything to see in my opinion. Spent most of my time in the Good Food Show.

Not many crowds either, which is either a good thing or an indication of a poor show? Just my thoughts.

Gardeners World Live

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 20:39

Thanks, Ill be paying at the gate so I guess its full price then?

Gardeners World Live

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 20:22

Are there any free tickets available from anywhere this year?

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 20:20

Nice climbers on your archway Wintersong

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 01:03

Heres how my garden is looking this month...

 The Clematis Dr Ruppel is my favourite plant in my garden..

 And the newest addition to my garden, my wildlife pond..



Posted: 10/06/2012 at 11:18

Found a baby toad in my greenhouse today...


My pond so far

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 19:24

Thanks, its still 'work in progress' as they say. To be honest I wasnt ready to fill it with water, but with all the rain we've had its filled up by itself. There is a shelf at the back, and the front is beached slightly.

Ive got plenty of landscaping yet to do around the pond, including laying a block paved path. I fear if I lined the pond now then there will be allsorts of debris falling into it whilst the work continues. I aim to get the work done first, empty the pond and get it lined, then fill the pond again. All by the end of the summer!!!

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