Latest posts by Yviestevie

Creating a Wildlife Pond

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 19:10

Cut and pasted that from word and all the columns went beserk.

Creating a Wildlife Pond

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 19:09

Hi Folks

As promised here is the cost breakdown. (hope my adding up is right)

Cost of creating a pond 2.7m x 1.7m x 60cm deep

LDPE Liner from Pondkeeper 40yr guarantee      5m x 4m                               £45.80

Half price fleece liner (on offer when the liner was bought                                  £17.00

Welsh Slate Rocks and Moonstone chippings from Webbs GC                        £97.00

One lily and a variety of marginal and pond surround plants                               £65.00

Barleystraw to take nitrogen out of water                                                                 £6.00

                                                                                                    Total                      £230.80

Creating a Wildlife Pond

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 10:36

Thanks for all your kind comments. I'm on  duty for a couple of days so won't get any gardening done. Have ordered quite a few plants for the pond margins and surrounds will post a list when I get a chance. 

Creating a Wildlife Pond

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 17:22

Thanks Kitty, my garden is my green gymn, meditation centre and therapy room.  It's worth all the money and effort that it costs me

Spent the afternoon checking out a good site for pond plants lilieswatergardens.co.uk small size plants but a good choice.  Never used them before so I'll let you all know what they are like when they arrive.

Creating a Wildlife Pond

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 14:50

Will do Liri, it's so sterile at the moment.  I'm looking at plants for the back of the pond and need to double check how long it is before I can put the lilly etc in.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 14:02

Afternoon all, nice day here.  Been in the garden all morning finishing the pond.  It's ready for planting now so Ill be looking at pond plant porn later today.  My house is dusty and untidy at the moment.  Just can't get in the mood to do anything about it.  Too busy in the garden. 

Hope everyone has a good day.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 13:51

Afternoon all, feeling a bit shattered.  Have lined and filled the pond today.  It's looking good. 

Keeping fingers crossed for you DD.

Sounds like progress is finally being made Clari, hope you feel better soon.

I think I might be looking at pond plant porn this afternoon.

Creating a Wildlife Pond

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 12:55

Still Day 5

Well that was a good mornings work.  Here are the photos.

This is the liner we used.  We ordered 5x4.  They sent 5x5 so we have quite a bit left over.

What a mess liner is huge

Took lots of fiddling about

Finally started to put the water in.  Kept pulling the lines to reduce creases

Full now

Placed the stones

Trimmed excess liner and underlay and added the chippings and barley straw

Have to wait now for about a week before the plants can go in.  Have run the liner and underlay under the soil at the back of the pond so it should be nice and boggy for plants.  Still need to get some small rocks to put in the pond on the ledge at the back to help critters climb out and keep the chippings in place.

Pleased with it so far but it's been hard work.

I'll post a breakdown on the costs later so people can see how much it cost to create this size of pond.

I'll also post piccies of how it settles and how the plants go in etc.

Feeding Shrubs

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 08:42

Every spring I give all my borders a feed of Fish Blood and Bone.  The acid lovers, Rhodos, Camelias etc get a dressing of Ericatious feed and the borders are mulched with prepacked farmyard manure.  Never used to do this in a previous garden as it was huge and would have been costly.  This garden is an average size for a suburban garden and I have found that feeding and mulching have made a dramatic difference to the health of the shrubs and the number of flowers etc that are poduced. BL is right though, correct pruning also makes a huge difference.

Creating a Wildlife Pond

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 08:34

Day 5

Yipee the liner and underlay have arrived so should see some progress today especially as the weather is good.  Will keep you posted.

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