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The Pond...part 1

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Well, after seeing Monty’s new pond last night I really thought it was time I got my spade out. So today I spent a good couple of hours removing turf (my favourite…eh hem…job). Then my friend Christine came back from her tour of St Andrews and volunteered to dig it out for a bit! What a stroke of luck, and how could I refuse? After all, I have fed, watered and given her a comfy bed for a week…fair’s fair!

So, here they are, Christine ‘Muscles’ Coleman and my OH . Took the two of them less than an hour to dig out the pond and increase the size of the hills ready for making ‘turf seats’.

Part two will come later….

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Looks good Karen. I would love a pond....I think a bucket of water will have to do.

4 Apr, 2015

 

Thanks Linda. You have room..go on! :) still a lot of work to be done on mine, but the worst is done! :)

4 Apr, 2015

 

Lol.Karen..I agree,fairs fair,and your friend looks to be thoroughly enjoying the experience ! You weren't daft were you,getting them both to get digging! :o) It will look great I'm sure ..I hope you don't get a nose bleed climbing up to those turf seats :o)

4 Apr, 2015

 

Hi Karen, I hope you enjoy your pond, I couldn't help but notice the quality of the soil, it looks like really good quality top soil, if I went down to that depth, it would just be solid clay, Derek.

4 Apr, 2015

 

Ha ha! Thanks Bloomer!

Derek...isn't it just! We live in probably the best agricultural land in Scotland. It's incredible soil. And it goes really deep too! Scott hit a patch of sand just right at the bottom. Beautiful soil!

4 Apr, 2015

 

Beautiful soil Karen, lucky you. Exciting! Not wanting to create more work etc., but should you go a bit bigger and deeper, you have a big garden and scale and all that and ponds seem to reduce once marginals are planted, just an observation ;)

4 Apr, 2015

 

Thanks Dawn. If you could see it in context you'd probably agree it's about right. I need to leave room for dogs to run on grass and not fall in! :)

4 Apr, 2015

 

Looks just as good as Monty's and how quickly you got it done. What a team!!!

4 Apr, 2015

 

Thanks Chris! :)

4 Apr, 2015

 

I'm excited to see how this comes along!!

5 Apr, 2015

 

Oh yes progress and people to do the hard graft, I like it, it looks a lot easier than ours was but we are also on clay so even after working the garden for over 40yrs its still a nightmare in parts, are you using a liner or preformed Karen....

5 Apr, 2015

 

Butyl this time Lincslass, and the soil wasn't clay at all here. I think the last owner must have imported a lot of rubbish clay subsoil to fill his beds because this soil was perfect sandy loam. What a pity the bits I'm planting in aren't all this good!

Thank you dandan!

5 Apr, 2015

 

Oh wont be long before its done then, it usually takes a bit longer if having to order a preformed and await delivery, our bottom pond is a liner, has been in place for over 30yrs and we have never had to replace the liner, the fishpond is preformed though, daughters pond is also a liner, never had any problems there either, its going to be lovely and surrounded by all the open countryside it shouldn't take long before the wildlife discover it ...
Typical that the border soil is harder to work but will improve each time you add to them as you well know..
Just a word of warning, lol, labradors are VERY partial to a cool down and also can be very naughty if they want, (you probably already know that) even after all these years and countless times of a really good telling off, Morgan at 11yrs old still has a paddle in the bottom pond quite a few times during the summer, luckily he has never been in the fishpond.....

5 Apr, 2015

 

Yes, and that's why I couldn't make up my mind. There won't be any fish, it's to be wildlife only. Strictly no doggy dipping! Lol...naughty?..yesterday she stole a long stout branch and charged about with it, smashing my memorial poppy in the 'game'. I superglued it back together, but it was so heartbreaking. My special poppy, tucked away under the pod out of her way. But she managed to find a way of wrecking it. :(

5 Apr, 2015

 

Oh gosh!! Yes I understand, I would have felt exactly the same way, when young and charging about a happy lab is almost unstoppable and woe betide anything in the way, she must be almost full grown now ....

5 Apr, 2015

 

Well, they say 2 years is full grown. So only another 10 months of muscle development.....she's very large!

6 Apr, 2015

 

It looks great, Karen, and I agree with everyone about the soil. Mine is sand! Anything I add gradually sinks away. And it is as dry as dust an inch below the surface, even after heavy rain. Easy to work, though! But I just have to go with whatever will tolerate it. Fortunately, the more I grow in it, the better it has become. Your pond will be lovely, I'm sure. It's in a good position.

6 Apr, 2015

 

Thanks Melchi. The hills will give it morning shade, but it will be in full sun for most of the day, so I will have some planting challenges ahead of me! The rest of this week I hope to spend some time finishing the digging and then we can start thinking about liner.

6 Apr, 2015

 

Will it have running or still water? And will you have waterliilies?

7 Apr, 2015

 

Still water Dan...although I will probably add something solar powered. Not wired to the mains though, so no pump with any power. It is for frogs and damselflies really. No water lilies. They don't seem to do well here and we always get so much algae that they would just get yucky. Lots of oxygenators! But while I'm saying all this, I know that my plans always change during construction! :)

7 Apr, 2015

 

Thats going to look great Karen! Looking forward to seeing it finished . Aren't you lucky to have such a great friend !

9 Apr, 2015

 

It does look quite small in these photographs, but looking at the finished project it seems much larger, I think it is smashing, you might get a few ducks !! lol nothing better than crispy duck lol

10 Apr, 2015

 

Lol! A crispy duck? What ...chuck a toaster in? ;))

10 Apr, 2015

 

Now thats a bit extreme K....!!

11 Apr, 2015

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