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Posted: 12/08/2014 at 20:28

I know all about that blanket weed stuff, this pond used to suffer badly from it - then 18 months back I managed to divert some of the rain water from the roof into the pond, potentially up to 40 tons of fresh water should flow through the pond, the blanket weed just vanished, and although we always had frogs, this year the numbers became silly, at one point in the spring we counted 29 frogs on the surface of the water. At one point half the water surface was frogs spawn

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Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:30

on the subject of ponds can anyone identify the stuff in my other pond, I guess the little round floating things is blanket weed. And what is the stuff under the water, I believe it is an oxygenated but what variety ?  it grows like fury and I am always puling masses of it out.


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Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:25

why couldn't I think of something as clever as that - just dig a hole and fill with water, not sure what i am attempting really...

Is that a plastic liner ?

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Posted: 12/08/2014 at 17:25


Fairygirl -

We haven't quite got the water in yet - it is going to be semi raised and come up against that dam shaped wall in front of the window


Blanket weed!

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 17:39

Foolio comments about tap water were interesting - Our pond has always suffered quite badly from blanket weed (like a green slimy stuff that lies just under the surface)  At the beginning of last year I diverted some of the water from our roof to flow into the pond at one end and then back out of the pond at the other side and into the drain, the idea being to keep the pond freshed with rain water rather than topping it up with the hose.  The volumes are huge, I estimate about 40 ton of rain water will go into the pond anally.

Anyway, this year we have had no blanket weed whatsoever, not even a tiny bit - instead I think we have "Duckweed ? (a small leaf with a root dangling into the water) I keep reducing it but it does seem quite happy, hope its not going to be a nusiance.

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Posted: 11/08/2014 at 00:13

I am about to start and dig a pond, its going to be about 4 metres in diameter, what width should the ledges be and at what depths?



Posted: 30/08/2013 at 19:30
Haisie wrote (see)

Oh and I don't think that I can put one in my garden as advice says it should be shady, not overlooked by trees as leaves fall into it. I just don't seem to have the right spot to dig. I have a north facing back garden but in summer the sun creeps to about 4 ft away from the house My plan was to put it next to my fence in the shaded bit...

We have a small pond in full sun and it does really well, just fantastic for wildlife, we see more birds on here than we do on the bird table, and the frogs, they're are just fantastic, love to hear them croaking at night time in the spring, great to watch the tadpoles, and this time of year when weeding round the pond, everytime you move the foliagae a miniture frog pops out.

The frogs arrived the first spring, don't know how because we are no where near water.

And no, that is not a strange looking frog on the top, it's the wife


In fact a pond is so fantastic we are planning a bigger one for the back garden

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Posted: 30/08/2013 at 08:10

I have made a bit of a border along the fence (16") Each of the 6 panels had a dustbin full of well rotted cow muck dug in, I have put a landscaping fabric down and there will be gravel on top.

I am already regretting the narrowness of the bed, but hey ho, it's done now


Adding Cow Muck

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 00:44

If I added 4 inches of well rotted cow muck on to the top of the soil - In the long term (6 - 12 months) would the height of the soil be raised, or would the muck just absorb itself into the soil and the height return to where it was before it was added?

Roses and Sun

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 23:57

Here is a picture of the fence (at least i am going to try and upload one)

Of the 6 panels (left to right) so far I have planted

1; Ivy


3; Climbing Rose

4; Winter Jasmine




Any thoughts for 2, 5 & 6


There was a Llanddii hedge there, have dug it out and put in some well rotted cow muck.

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