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Talkback: Three ways to improve your pond

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 00:54

Barley straw.  If you don't know a farmer, they sell it in garden centres.

wasp nest

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 00:49

Councils now charge for getting rid of wasps.  Or recommend you 'get a firm in.'

French blue lake sowing

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 00:31

I sowed Blue Lake last week (21 April) in the greenhouse.  They started emerging yesterday.  I hope the danger of frost will have gone by the time they are ready to go out.

Failed Sweetcorn

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 00:25

I sow mine on wet/damp kitchen paper in a closed plastic container.  No additional heat required.  As each seed germinates - you have to check every day after the third day - pop the seed in compost in a pot or Rootrainers.

I expect to get 100 percent germination.  I use Franchi seed as it is very reliable.

No to everyone who asks for donations ? Do you agree or disagree with this ?

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 00:19

How about having a coffee morning or cake stall to raise money?

runner beans

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 00:10

Wig-wam (triangular shaped) supports are much stronger than the shape you have there, unless you have a very sheltered site.  I don't!

Can you use wood logs as stepping stones

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 00:05

If you want to use timber, oak is ideal, but they will get slippery.

Stagnant water butt

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 00:03

Make absolutely sure you have a good light-excluding lid for the butt, then the water will remain clear and bug-free from one year to the next.  For free!

evergreen pond plants

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 00:01

Frogs, certainly do not need plants to help them with spawning. Toads and newts spawn strings of eggs.  I can't remember if they attach them to water plants, but I suspect they do attach them to underwater stems.

Tadpoles appreciate plants to hide under as they develop, to protect them from getting too hot.

Water lilies are desirable; there are small-leaved ones if the pond is not very big.

Robin Hood

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 18:14

If the robin has made a nest in the shed, you can go in and out as much as you like, they won't mind.

I have swallows in the shed every year and they tolerate my going in and out. And they raise multiple broods.

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