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New Pond, would like some ideas.


By clarice


Hi got a new pond the other day, wait for it to be sunk, but i know gardeners world is not great at the moment, but i watched them build round the pond instead of sinking it in, and i thought it looked quite good, so what do you lot think should i get it sunk in and wait for someone to dig a hole for it, or put it where i wont it and build round it myself as that would be quicker for me, wont be putting slate round it, but if anyone as some simple ideas, that i can do myself will you let me know.

old pond with Flip & Flop in it.

new pond waiting to be sorted.
This is all i got at Harrogate yesterday

And this is Smokey he was 17 on thursday, know when he was born as he was born next door to me, and everyone said he should have called George as he was born on st georges day, but to be honest with his kidneys the way they are i did’nt think he would have been here this time last year.

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Smokey looks well Clarice :o)
I can't adise you on your pond since I've never had one.
I like the big clock :o)
Miaw from Blodyn to Smokey.

25 Apr, 2009


I think the problem with the pre-formed ponds is that they have to be well supported underneath or they might split. I don't know whether you'd be able to support it well enough by building up soil and stone around it.

I'm sure someone will come along with more experience of pond building than me though!

Smokey is a beautiful cat :)

25 Apr, 2009


And hello to you Blodyn from Smokey, Hywel is it me or do most of you find you cannot keep up with all the photos, i'm feeling quite quilty missing most of them.

25 Apr, 2009


Thanks for that, i thought it may need support, think i'm going to have to sweet talk someone to dig a hole for me.

25 Apr, 2009


I miss lots Clarice. There are so many now I can't keep up with them. I just choose a few from the thumbnails when I can. Try not to feel guilty.

25 Apr, 2009


Good luck Clarice, it doesn't look too big so it should be possible to dig the hole in a day or two (although fiddly to get the shape right, you'll need lots of soft sand to mould around it).

25 Apr, 2009


Madmum you are right. I presume it will be the same as when they put our fibreglass pool in. You have to first level the ground, then put sand on, probably 20 cm.Backfill the pond with sand, it is the most stable of all, better than loam. A good idea would be to mix some concrete powder in and then wet it, bit by bit, whilst filling the pond with water, make sure you fill back, otherwise sure it can crack. I am not very good with ponds, I guess the irregular edges are for the plants, which do grow at different heights. Mine are all on tiles or large brick blocks in tubs, only waterlilies are standing on the bottom.So I totally agree with Madmum on the method. Once it is all in place may I suggest some nice rocks on the verges? I think they will look decorative and provide a nice backdrop for plants. Just click on ponds in the headings here and you get some ideas of other gardeners. Very exciting project, I wish you lots of fun and messy and wet hands!

25 Apr, 2009


Happy 17th birthday to wonderful Smokey for Thursday. :o)

I'm guessing that with a sunken pond the water might stay warmer in the winter than if it is raised above ground ?

I'm sure you'll gets loads of GoY advice on this one, Clarice.

25 Apr, 2009


TT my little pond i have at the moment is sunk and that does not freeze, personally i know i should sink it, think i'm just looking for a way round it, without asking anyone for help.

25 Apr, 2009


I hope you find someone to help you, Clarice.
I've done most of the work on my featherboard construction myself, but now and then I need a second person, even if just to hold the other end of some planks, as they are moved into position...

25 Apr, 2009


TT i can do quite a lot of things myself, but like you say sometimes you just need a helping hand, but i do find it quicker if i can do it, as folks say they will help but it takes forever, look how long it took for my greenhouse to go up, must have took 2mths,sorry TT i'll stop winching now.

25 Apr, 2009


That's okay, Clarice.
I hope Flip and Flop don't have to wait too long for their new accommodation. :o)

25 Apr, 2009


dont know anything about ponds clarice but hope you find some help as its alot of work for you to be doing,, do you have any men in the family to help you clarice? sons or gransons,, good luck and im sure it will look lovely when done

25 Apr, 2009


Is that a cowslip Clarice? Smokey looks a contented cat, can't help with pond i'm afraid, have you put pond in the search bit here? i'm sure someone must have had the same problem, good luck!! Take care of your back!!!!

25 Apr, 2009


Hi Clarice, I had the same sort of pond as yours some years ago and installed it by sinking the bottom part in about a foot and then making a raised bed (rockery) around it. This way the hole obviously doesn't need to be so deep or so wide. The soil does need to be well packed against the side of the pond but I think it's not as difficult as trying to backfill. Tending the pond when it's finished is easier, too - not so much bending!

Smokey looks very content. Belated happy 17th birthday to him.

25 Apr, 2009


Gee thanks for the info, can do that myself, Santaz got plenty of sons & grandsons, but when it comes to anything in garden the answer is, will do it tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes.TT Flip & Flop wont have to wait to long Gee as come with an idea, so i'm going to do it like she said.

25 Apr, 2009


Good for you, Clarice. Don't forget to keep checking the level because you won't want a sloping pond - mistake I made and had to undo :( .

25 Apr, 2009


Good luck with it Clarice whatever you decide..........

25 Apr, 2009


Gee's idea is really good....
Flip and Flop are already picking out new furnishings for their modern pool. Lol.

25 Apr, 2009


Hi Clarice, good luck with your pond.

Question ????
I have always fancied a little pond. But - last year I tried to make some liquid feed/killer, I can't remember which, from a hint on the T.V., i.e., soak some herbs in a bucket of water for a couple of weeks, then strain and use the liquid. Before I got round to straining it, I had some mozzies breeding in the water, I ended up getting mozzie bites all over me.

Does that happen when you have a garden pond? I get so badly bitten, and they last for weeks, I wouldn't want a pond if it means attracting mozziez into the garden.

25 Apr, 2009


I have 2 ponds Marge and can honestlly say I get more bites when cutting the hedge than I get from my pond areas...........

25 Apr, 2009


I wish I'd bought this type of pond now. I bought a round one, didn't realise ones with different levels were available. Now I worry myself stupid coz we have a visiting hedgehog and I keep thinking she/he will drown........ :-(

My hubby took out all the large stones I bought and put in some engineering bricks instead, with just 1 of my stones...... Now they sit round the edge of my pond like your first pond.

We've noticed bees drinking from the pond, so really pleased with all the wildlife it's attracting!

That slate must have cost the BBC a small fortune!!!

26 Apr, 2009

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