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Job Done!

Posted: Yesterday at 09:47

I'm thinking of a fibreglass preformed pond half in/half out of the ground with a small wall round itwith capping stones round the edge.The old pond was right in the ground was was difficult for me to get at for cleaning etc. and being at soil level dirt just ran into it.As I cannot really do it all myself as I would have have in previous years and don't have transport for getting materials in for the job hence the need for a builder.

As you say it does have possibilities!

Job Done!

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 21:50

I have a large hole dug for a new half raised pond after removing the old leaky ground level one,but the chap who was going to build it charged way,way over my top budget so I am having to look around for other ideas.I had wanted it finished by the spring but have had so much trouble getting anybody willing to do it.This has been going on since the beginning of August,thinking I would get an early start and here we are in mid February with still just an 6ft x 5ft muddy hole,and that was dug by a friend and myself!!



Lawn Edging Options

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 15:39

I also have concrete edging.I had the problem of the lawn edge drying out and cracking and crumbling away (on clay).It also means I can have the soil level higher in the bed as I don't have to keep lawn and garden seperate.Had it several years and it has been a great improvement.



Posted: 31/01/2016 at 22:36

It's the same every year for me 

Decomposed Granit?

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 11:50

gardening toolbox

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 17:07

Simplicity is the key.So many things today are designed to do too much with too many bits and pieces.

Small tools,twine,labels etc. I carry in a plastic trug.Big tools I just take them to where I need them with a whellbarrow.All easy to keep clean(ish!).

Too many things attached to a barrow type thing with wheels can be very unweildy especially if you have disabilities or restrictions.


Pond ice prevention

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 09:51

I have been looking at those floating plant islands so they may do the job on their own.

My 'pond' at the moment is just a great big muddy hole ready for the construction,so I am just thinking ahead to possible icy days ahead when I actually do have a pond!

Pond ice prevention

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 18:27

I am thinking the plastic ball may be the cheapest option .

Just wondering what others did.


Pond ice prevention

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 18:07

I am looking to get something to float on the pond to stop ice forming.I have seen the polystyrene igloos but don't know what they are rightly called,anyone?

Also if you already have one does it work or what other methods do you use?

Out of season growth

Posted: 09/01/2016 at 22:29

I think Snowdrops and Crocus are behind because they actually need to be very cold at some point to get them going and that is just not happening.

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Pond ice prevention

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Soil mixes for summer baskets.

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I will not be seduced.....!

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My plant of the moment

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Succulent ID's please:)

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2 x Crassula ID's please.

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Plant database for computer

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Plant ID for this bonsai please.

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Euphorbia plant ID please.

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Cleaning patio and paths.

What is safe? 
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Rhodanthemum 'African Eyes'

Cutting back? 
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Butyl liner and pre-formed pond question.

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The hedgehogs return.

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Lawn sand or dressing

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Jasminum humile 'revolutum'

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