Back in April I dug out a kidney shape for a pond which I intend to line with a butyl liner to create an informal pond, welcoming to wildlife. Due to the very hot Spring, the clay substructure dried out much sooner than I had anticipated. This caused a delay to the final shaping of the hole. I then became unsure of how to achieve the curved edging plus the graded beach area for easy access and exit for wildlife, causing further delay.
Finally a totally unforeseen delay arrived in the shape of a surprise visitor.....a mole! Is it possible to garden alongside a mole? Should I continue with the pond which included laying a layer of old Axminster carpet under the liner, before re-homing this mole or should I forget the pond based on the fact that the mole could dig his way through both the carpet and the liner? Given that we are involved with a production of “Wind in the Willows” in the Autumn in which Mole plays a starring part, I feel total eradication is not an option in this case.
- 8 Jun, 2011