Latest posts by NewBoy2

Pond - Preformed or Natural

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 19:13

Thanks Doghouse Riley

Duly noted

Pond - Preformed or Natural

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 15:45

I am making a child proof grid to be inserted at 4 inch depth to rest on a ledge

It will be from plastic corner piping and some copper tubing

? Will the pipes harm the wild life if it oxidises

Pond Newst

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 12:07

Panic over..........just spotted a newt coming up for breath  

The blanket weed is quite thick at the bottom of the pond so as LYN suggests i have been removing it whilst trying to let the critters slip back into the water

The large frog spends a lot of time in a fold in the plastic liner so I have just placed a large tile in at the bottom so he can rest 

Pond Newst

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 09:41

The adult and all baby newts seem to have gone

? Is this normal

Blue Tits

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 11:32

Its not the cats eating the birds but Mr Rat running about on my lawn and on one occasion up on my conservatory roof just below my bedroom window !!

Thanks for the advice though

Pond - Preformed or Natural

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 11:29

You have suggested a sloping entry point for the critters

? Can it be a 12" drop in a 12" distance which is a 45% angle of should it be sloped more

Blue Tits

Posted: 11/07/2017 at 15:06


I had birds and a shed under which the rat sat to eat up the left over bird seed at night and drink from my pond

I have had to get rid of the shed and the feeders and at last the rat !!

I have a bee hotel that I made which has 6 bamboo holes filled in with soil so new bees eventually

Blue Tits

Posted: 11/07/2017 at 15:03

The blue tits have fledged 3 days ago so all is well !! 

I also have a cat waiting by the pond to catch the newts and/or the frog

I have POLITELY asked it to leave !!!!!  

Cannomois Virgatum

Posted: 11/07/2017 at 15:00

Below are the instructions from the website on how to start off the cv seeds or bell reed seeds

? Can anyone help me with the instructions

I saw the plant at the Bristol University Botanical Gardens 

germination instructions Cannomois virgata - bell reed:

Please use for sowing Jiffy 7 Peat Pellets, soak them in water and put in a plastic pot.
Alternatively, normal seed substrate could be used as well. 

Sow the seeds on the peat pellets and cover the seeds with a thin layer of peat (about 2 mm). 

Then put the plastic pot in a ziplock bag - with a pot size of 6 cm , a ziplock bag of size 12 x 17 cm is recommended . Fill in the ziplock bag as much tap water with a few drops of universal fertilizer, so that after the absorption of the substrate a few mm of water remain on the bottom. Then close the ziplock bag - Ready! 

More watering is not required because no moisture evaporates through the ziplock bag . 

Location: on the windowsill or in a small greenhouse in partial shade, daytime temperatures at about 75-83 F, somewhat lower at night at 68-75 F. The resulting micro-climate provides ideal conditions for germination.

Blue Tits

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 10:52


What pleasure some humans get from watching our fellow beings

Its a shame that only a few of us stop to watch

I have just identified what baby newts look like and i have hundreds

There were 2 newts now there are 4 and a grumpy medium sized frog who was trying to get out.

There is a ramp so I hope he made it last evening

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