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PONDS

Postby commander_vimes » March 24th, 2008, 4:10 pm

i have spent the last 1 and a half days in the back garden :roll: whilst there i decided that a nice big pond was in order, so i started i got some timber from work as i wanted as raised pond and dug til my fingers bled :shock: i have just finshed and it looks like a swimming pool :cry:
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Re: PONDS

Postby cheery_littlebottom » March 24th, 2008, 5:04 pm

Last year we dug out the old pond (aka mud hole) and put a raised pond in its place. It meant some weekends' cursing and crying even though we used a DIY raised pond set. But it looks lovely now (well, not now, but in summer).

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The plants around it are much bigger now.
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Re: PONDS

Postby commander_vimes » March 24th, 2008, 7:36 pm

very cool, i do like i will show you mine when we put new batteries in the camera :oops:
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Re: PONDS

Postby Applewoodtree » March 24th, 2008, 10:03 pm

Why have a raised pond?! No-one can fall in it then....
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Re: PONDS

Postby cheery_littlebottom » March 25th, 2008, 10:50 am

Well, that's the point. We don't want hedgehogs to fall in and drown and we have a toddler niece running around the garden every now and then.
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Re: PONDS

Postby Applewoodtree » March 25th, 2008, 11:06 am

Oh I suppose... but think of all the you've been framed clips you're missing!
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Re: PONDS

Postby cheery_littlebottom » March 25th, 2008, 2:58 pm

Weeeell. I think I'll miss the videos and keep the hedgehogs. And there are so many opportunities for taking embarassing pictures of toddlers without the pond... :wink:
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Re: PONDS

Postby commander_vimes » March 25th, 2008, 6:12 pm

Applewoodtree wrote:Why have a raised pond?! No-one can fall in it then....



that is the point and also to sit around i have put decking on the top of mine so you can sit :D


cheery, do you have fish in your pond? if so which ones? and what plants have you got?.... if you don't mind me asking
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Re: PONDS

Postby cheery_littlebottom » March 25th, 2008, 7:40 pm

We've got no fish, but are thinking about it, since the pond is brim full of water fleas. :mrgreen:
I put some of the yellow irises from the old pond into pots and hung them into the raised pond (it's too deep for plants that usually grow in the shallow bits of ponds) and we've also got a waterlily.

Our first plan was to build it ourselves and have decking etc. But then we calculated the cost for material and thought about the time it would take and decided to use the DIY kit. We're pathetic wussy DIYers... :roll:
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Re: PONDS

Postby commander_vimes » March 26th, 2008, 7:53 pm

lol i know it is expensive i got most of the timber from work the decking i had to buy, i was thinking of putting goldfish in as their is this reali nice mist fountain i would like
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Re: PONDS

Postby Gytha Fiona » March 26th, 2008, 10:59 pm

An idea is to stack up logs and things like that around the outside so wildlife have a way in. They need a way out too but as long as there's something they can reach the rim of the pond with it'll be fine.

Nice one for putting a pond in, our urban wildlife is finding their world getting smaller and smaller.
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Re: PONDS

Postby cheery_littlebottom » March 27th, 2008, 8:21 am

The local birds like ours very much - and I'm sure there is a school where they learn to look graceful while sipping pond water (I'm also sure the pigeons skived that lesson). And I'm really amazed at how many tiny things are living in there. The only other non-insect wildlife we get here is hedgehogs, martens, rats and mice and they can either climb or can drink from the shallow bowl under the pump which is almost always full of water or from the irrigation system tubes if they're patient... :wink:
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Re: PONDS

Postby Gytha Fiona » March 29th, 2008, 5:58 pm

You have pine martens? :shock: *wibbles*
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Re: PONDS

Postby cheery_littlebottom » March 29th, 2008, 7:40 pm

I had to look up pine martin before I could answer... :oops:

I'm not sure. I think they're beech martens, as I'm told they're more likely to live on the edge of town. It's a bit hard to say, since I only ever see one of them slinking off at night.
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Re: PONDS

Postby Gytha Fiona » March 29th, 2008, 11:39 pm

cheery_littlebottom wrote:I had to look up pine martin before I could answer... :oops:

I'm not sure. I think they're beech martens, as I'm told they're more likely to live on the edge of town. It's a bit hard to say, since I only ever see one of them slinking off at night.


Are they a browny colour with creamy chests?

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