Sara 4

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Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 14:49

FG - I've just looked at the price of a starter pack of oxygenators for a pond this size!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Ten grand isn't going to come close!

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 14:38

That IS reassuring FG, thank you -my  rationale for saying dig and be damned was that real wildlife ponds don't occur in lunar landscapes anyway, and I can't see that a few leaves in a biggish pond are going to cause a problem.  I hope not, because I'm not the type to spend my life neurotically fishing them out!  I was more concerned that we would damage the trees by digging, but I think they're so well established that they have escaped injury.  Too late now, anyway. 

Tree disease

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 14:04

How do you tell the difference between this and the woolly aphid stuff? 

planted tulips now, is this OK?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 13:50

I am going to leave them and hope for the best Verdun, I have so much to do (all at the same time) that I can't bear the thought of having to dig them up and replant them - besides I seem to have forgotten where I put half of them!  (Of course, if they don't come up, I'll never know)

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 13:39

 The previous owners had about eight cars and a mobile home, and were quite keen on concrete.  We have dug it all up and got to this, so far


 And before you all say so, yes I know some of the trees are a bit close by .... but if I'd listened to all the problems and pitfalls which might occur I would have given up before I started.

The pond is about 6m x 6.5 in a sort of lopsided figure of 8 shape so will hopefully be very pretty and attractive to wildlife (no filters or anything).  Or a massive stagnant blot on the landscape, which I hope to avoid!

All ideas always welcomed ...

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 13:00

I've been planning the planting forever and a day, and as fairygirl says I will need to spend about ten thousand pounds to get all the ones I want!  I suffer from plant kleptomania, I think ...

I agree with everybody, I'll leave the marginal planting 'til the spring in the main (unless I can't resist) but I think I'll put some oxygenators in and hope for the best - it will be quite a large pond to try and sort out if it gets stagnant!

Clueless, you asked for it - I shall post a before and after of the front garden so far in a minute, although at the moment the pond is still a largeish hole in the ground.

planted tulips now, is this OK?

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 23:44

Oh dear, I have of course planted loads of tulip bulbs too early so they'll all be blind and what's more it has been tissing down ever since so they'll probably rot and not come up at all ... another lesson learned, I suppose.

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 23:32

I knew you'd know, Nut - so do you think it will be better not to even try putting the plants in pre-winter? I'm in mid Devon and it's mild in comparison to many places so should I put some in and be prepared to replace them if we get a big freeze?

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 22:59

We are ready to go with our pond at last - a cash flow problem set our plans back  cos I couldn't afford the liner!  I don't know though if now would be a stupid time to finish it though - would aerating plants have enough time to establish before winter?  It would be lovely to have everything in place and having achieved some kind of ecological balance so that spring activity might be possible; but if the plants all die off in the interim and I'm left with a stagnant pond it will obviously be defeating the object ... what do the pond people out there think?

Ants on rose - why?

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 16:04

Unfortunately not in a pot, and the surrounding roses have no ant activity at all, but thanks for trying!  Any other ideas out there?

Discussions started by Sara 4

Nasty spiny weed (probably)

What is it? 
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Winter tree wash

trying to prevent woolly aphids 
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Last Post: 22/10/2013 at 22:58

So exciting!

First day of filled pond, and ....! 
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Overwintering Geraniums ... (or pelargonium) and begonia

Will they survive inside in pots? (Oh, and fuchsia, too) 
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Has anyone overwintered it? 
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Are your comments updating?

Is the site playing up? 
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Last Post: 26/09/2013 at 21:17

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Need some advice please ... 
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Last Post: 22/03/2014 at 09:31

Ants on rose - why?

No aphids, but millions of ants 
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Last Post: 13/09/2013 at 10:41

Weed I assume

Anyone know what it is? 
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Last Post: 01/09/2013 at 12:04

My muse has deserted me ...

Looking for ideas 
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Last Post: 02/09/2013 at 23:24


Will seeds grow? 
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Last Post: 16/08/2013 at 11:56


I'm sure they aren't usually this big! 
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Last Post: 08/08/2013 at 21:24

What is this?

Cos I don't know how big it might get ... 
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Last Post: 04/08/2013 at 22:10

This rose doesn't seem quite right ...

What do you think? 
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Last Post: 04/08/2013 at 12:15

Soil testing kit

Do the prong ones work? 
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