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Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 17:22

Liners are definitely easier and better than preformed.  Wildlife ponds don't need a pump or moving water and water lillies much prefer still water.  A dwarf form is available which should suit the size of pond you are considering.  There are lots of plants for ponds from marginal to deep water.  Just watch you get the types which won't take over

Was going to dig our pond out today

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 17:15

I can definitely vouch for the fact that fish, frogs and newts ( as well as a variety of dragonfly larvae, beetles and others ) will reside happily in the same pond if it is large enough.

The fish do eat the frog spawn as do the newts and both also eat any fish eggs.  You can always keep some frog spawn in a separate container until they become tads - gives them a better chance.

If I hadn't inherited my fish, I wouldn't have them in a wildlife pond given the choice but it can be done

I would certainly agree with the above comments that a good depth is vital.....less temperature fluctuations if nothing else.

Kitchen Offers Reviews

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:41

Quality of advert......... rubbish

plants or shrubs

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 15:08

All the above suggestions sound good  ( tho be careful with the Carex - not all of them enjoy boggy soil ).

However, as you say the ground does not belong to you and is sometimes used by dog walkers, I'd be wary of expending a great deal of money on purchasing plants if they are at risk of people walking over them and dogs peeing ( or worse ) on them


Posted: 13/02/2015 at 10:39

If none of the above suggestions are the cause, you could perhaps get a sample of your pond water analysed.

Failing that, it may be worth contacting your local water authority to see if they have any advice.  Whilst it isn't within their remit to help you out with your pond, they may well be able to give you some pointers.  Likewise with your local environmental dept.

The above suggestions may sound a little weird but most public service companies like to be seen as "customer oriented" or "user friendly" these days.  Always worth a try anyway


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 17:05

If you can, visit as many centres which sell greenhouses.......that way you can see them in situ and compare models and prices.  Decide whether you want wooden or aluminium, glass to ground or half boarded, etc. etc. 

Always go for the largest size you can afford or that you have room for - you will soon fill it 


Posted: 10/02/2015 at 16:37

The only thing I've known to cause the effect you describe is when my fish start to spawn.  It clears after a day or so.

Not much help if you don't have fish tho

blanket weed

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 10:21

I have found that both duckweed and watercress are quite effective at reducing the growth of blanket weed.  They are also much less fiddly to remove from the pond if either grows to excess.  As Bekkie says, anything which gives surface cover will help.

Spinach and Lettuce

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 16:52 chickens are free ranging so they tend to help themselves somewhat but I do grow Spring cabbage for them as well as myself.  I don't grow lettuce specifically for them but they do have a few leaves when I cut any. They are also surprisingly partial to Land cress which I would have thought a bit peppery for them

Spinach and Lettuce

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 10:58

I grow the perpetual spinach for my chickens.  Nice large leaves which easily tie into a bunch to hang up for he chickens to pull at. 

If you harvest regularly and cut off  the flowering stems early enough, you can get 2 or 3 years out of each plant.

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