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Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 21:04

Fishy65, that sounds interesting though I don't quite "get it" yet! I'll have to soak up the information a bit more first...'scuse the rotten pun! Like the idea though.

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 16:28

I think that as long as you pick marginals in small pots (mine are about 3.5" across) they will be fine. I went for the grassy one to give some height, elegance and movement and then a contrasting form for the opposite corner. I went back to get a floating hyacinth a few weeks later, but when I saw the size of them I realised it was a no go!

Best to just pick two plants that you really like so that there is still plenty of open water.Putting the stones in and around, and maybe little clay pots as I did, will add the extra interest.

By the way - Mr froggy was nowhere to be seen and I assumed he must have been passing through. However, he's been parked in the pond all day today,just his nose and eyes poking out...he has changed positions, so I know he is still alive! It's very hard now to stop myself from keep going to peep at him but I don't want to frighten him away. If he stays around much longer I'm afraid I will be giving him a name!!!

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 16:20

frensclan, I don't know the names of the two marginal plants I bought but here's a picture taken just after I put them in....

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/59214.jpg?width=376&height=350&mode=max

 ....as you can see, one is a grassy type and the other a more leafy one. The leafy one had a white flower on it last month and the leaves have become a deeper shade edging toward dark red at times. They have both grown quite a bit and I may have to divide them and give some to neighbours!

I just put them into the water in the pots they came in so that the water level is about 1/2" over the top of the pots, weighting them down with some stones.

Hope that helps! They didn't have a great deal to choose from when I went to the garden centre really but for tiny ponds I was told marginals were the thing to choose.

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 16:09

I'm really pleased that my tiny pond has provoked such positive response (as well as a frog!). It really is a simple project - the basic pond took me a couple of hours and then I spent a few more hours over the next few days adding the rockery effect and the plants and that was it - job done. Low maintenance and big rewards!

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 22:30

Cracking photo Forester2. Seems to be that most things are best left to their own devices and, to quote the Jeff Goldblum character in Jurassic Park...."nature will find a way"!

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:19

artjak - Lol! I've been wondering where I can fit another little pond myself!

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:02

Thanks for the positive comments. I don't have a pump or anything fancy and the "pond" (even I think it sounds pompous to call it a pond!) is in quite a sunny spot during parts of the day. I planted some taller plants near the edges to give some shade when it gets really warm.

As for the water - it did stay very clear for ages after the red algae cleared up, but it does get the rather unpleasant blanket weed now - at least that's what I think it is. It doesn't appear to be much of a problem though...no stagnant smell or anything. I just make a point of very regularly taking the blanket weed out with a little stick. It's actually quite a satisfying job and only takes a few moments.

I think it's probably best to place a mini pond in a slightly shady spot, or to add some shading plants as I did. Keep an eye on the water and remove any green sludgy weed.As far as I know just having a couple of marginal plants is enough to oxygenate the water without the need of a pump.

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:55

Hi frensclan, a few people did scoff when they saw how minute the pond really was, but it's proved me right after all! It was really easy to make - I just made sure the old washing up bowl was clean (no residual soap or cleaners) then dug a hole large enough to take it. It wasn't even a very even hole as I discovered when I added the water - even though I'd supposedly checked with a spirit level!

I did put some gravel at the bottom of the hole to add support to the bowl, then popped it in and backfilled round the sides to stabilise it. I sieved agricultural gravel (quite small) to clean the dust out of it and then put a good layer in the bowl. Next bit was the fun part - adding a selection of small stones, pebbles and mini clay pots to create shelters and shelves that would allow anything to climb out.

I filled the bowl with water and then landscaped the area around it to make it look more natural. Finally I bought two marginal plants and popped them into the bowl, weighting the pots down with a few more stones. I told the guy at the garden centre just how small the pond was and took his recommendations on which plants would suit.

I did have some rather grim looking red algae after a couple of weeks but that cleared up and I noticed quite a few tiny wriggly worms and other mini creatures in there. The water was nice and clear. It looks fairly overgrown now and the water is rather more green and murky now - I tend to just reguarly remove any slimy green stuff with a stick that I keep nearby for just that job.

Anyway - I guess that the frog pretty much confirms that whatever I've done is working so I'm really thrilled. It was easy to do, doesn't take any time to look after and just needs a top up in the hot weather as it's so small. Win win really! Only thing now is that I can't stop nipping outside to see if Mr frog is sitting there!

Hope you decide to go ahead with one and look forward to seeing some photos!

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:20

I was so excited this afternoon! I built a micro pond back in April from an old washing up bowl so it really is tiny....

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58900.jpg?width=273&height=350&mode=max

 ...that's how it looked when I was filling it, but I planted a couple of marginal plants in there and built up the surrounding area with pebbles and a mixture of alpines, heathers and herbs....

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58901.jpg?width=273&height=350&mode=max

 ....so it soon began to look a lot more natural (even though you can still see the bowl when you get up close!). There's not been any real activity apart from spiders, hover flies and quite a few tiny wriggly creatures in the water itself, so,imagine my delight this afternoon when I saw this....

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58902.jpg?width=273&height=350&mode=max

 ....I can't tell you how thrilled I am!

I've now wedged a couple of clay pots on their sides near the pond, partly filled with soil and leaves and I'm going to look into building a proper winter frog home - mind you, I think there are probably plenty of natural places for a frog or two to find a snug place in my garden...it has quite a few messy parts to it! My excuse is always that it's a wildlife garden!

Limp lettuce

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 22:20

Thanks for all your help everyone. I've now moved all the lettuce onto my makeshift potting table at the back of the house. Just been outside to check for slugs n snails but none so far! Thankfully I'm not overlooked so don't need to worry about using a torch while creeping around at night! I'll organise some shade for them tomorrow and hopefully they will start to crisp up a bit.

Thanks again!

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