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cazz001

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Here goes I’m going to make a start clearing this bit of ground . Nothing will grow here its just covered in ground elder and very stony. Problem is I have to try move my Olive tree going to hope I can get its roots and put it in a pot for a while. So keep watching for updates although prolly won’t be as quick as the T V program’s.
See my challenge


Just found this while digging he’s having a great feast on the bird table

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THis looks a nice spot for the pond. Good luck in moving the Olive tree. The hole you leave after digging a big root ball will be a good start for the pond..... looking forward to seeing the updates. :o)

17 Aug, 2013

 

Thanks but now rain stopped play

17 Aug, 2013

 

Oh well, at least the rain will hopefully soften the ground for you! Best of luck. I really want a pond but can't decide on the best spot yet.

P>S> Totally loving that olive! I have a very small one. How long did yours take to reach that size?

17 Aug, 2013

 

Just seen the mouse....he/she is so cute. Great photo too.

17 Aug, 2013

 

Tatia theOlive tree is approx 7 years old, but the ground is far too poor for it hopefully now in a large pot maybe the rain will bed it in here's hoping it survives.

17 Aug, 2013

 

Wow you have a lot of work ahead of you - hope you will show us work in progress. Nice little mousie!

17 Aug, 2013

 

My pond is half in the shade, I have to keep covering it up during the summer to prevent growth of Algae. So I would recommend full shade, if you can.
Raised beds are another way of treating poor soil.
I am having 7. Fill them with compostable rubbish to rot down in the winter, with a sprinkling of Garotta, then top with Growmore bags to provide mulch, or chicken manure if you can get it, old plant compost, and Seaweed Meal.
I put 16 Spinach plants in one, and they are thriving.
Well worth the effort.

18 Aug, 2013

 

So I've been getting on with the digging, its taking shape but a killer on the back. Just had a radox bath ah thats better. Shame my husband did not want to help. just the sarcastic comments, like are you building an italian sunken garden, have you found the Gold yet. Still for the second day its coming along nicely.

18 Aug, 2013

 

To avoid back trouble digging always remember left
hand palm down, if you are right handed.
Only insert it 2" wide a spit deep.
Then pull the shaft of the spade backwards, twisting
it, turning the contents to where you want it to be.
This takes about half an hour to get used to.
Takes the weight of the soil off your back muscles.
Its using the wrists instead of the back muscles.
Use the same method with the fork.

19 Aug, 2013

 

Thanks for the tips but I was wielding a pick ale as well that soil was more like rock.

19 Aug, 2013

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