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Post by Sparhawk on 17th March 2010, 9:19 pm

Dandelion wrote:Right, that's on my 'to do' list (if there's room for the barley ball between all the writhing frogs, that is!)
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Ah, frogsporn... :cheers:

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Post by Sparhawk on 17th March 2010, 9:21 pm

Compostwoman wrote:Have never had an issue with any kind of blanket weed...
only the blasted Ludwigia Peploides...which is a curse and a sodding problem......
it wrecks rice paddies apparently..but was introduced by the previous owners as a " pond plant" Grrr..f***ing invasive weed...
sends out runners all year round, explosive seed pods from June until Oct AND can reproduce from bits of stem at any time...
DO NOT GET ANY!

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 17th March 2010, 9:25 pm

Compostwoman wrote:
Often a small pond (pondlet?) is better as it is less likely to be taken over by ducks, canada geese etc...we had a major problem 3 years running because of a pair of geese which churned up the mud so much the other pond life dropped dramatically.

Surely that is a plus point - the pond as duck bait?
Why didn't you just shoot the geese? Canada Geese are classed as vermin so you can blast as many of them as you can manage to eat.
That would be a major attraction of having a pond to me.

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Post by Compostwoman on 17th March 2010, 11:03 pm

We scared them off Billy before we got a gun...nasty things, Canada Geeese...shit, eat, attack basically....

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 17th March 2010, 11:07 pm

Compostwoman wrote: Canada Geeese...shit, eat, attack basically....

Hmm, I generally approach them in the reverse order actually.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 18th March 2010, 7:09 am

The other good thing about Canada geese is that they are so stupid/tame/arrogant, you don't really need a gun. You can just go up and punch them in the face then lop their head off while they are stunned.

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Post by Sparhawk on 18th March 2010, 9:23 am

The average garden pond is too small for canada geese or any other geese, plus also in most gardens it would be illegal to discharge a weapon so close to a public highway...

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 18th March 2010, 9:32 am

hence the technique of just biffing them.

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Post by Compostwoman on 18th March 2010, 11:07 am

Wilhelm Von Rhomboid wrote:The other good thing about Canada geese is that they are so stupid/tame/arrogant, you don't really need a gun. You can just go up and punch them in the face then lop their head off while they are stunned.
Not the pair we had nesting on the pool...they had to be driven off in the end because they attacked me walking around the pool...and then CM holding CG ( she was a baby at the time...)

So we had to stop them nesting with us....

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 5th April 2010, 8:54 am

My tadpoles have hatched Very Happy the pond is a black wriggling mass
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Post by Dandelion on 5th April 2010, 5:44 pm

No tadpoles yet, but I spotted the first two pond skaters of the year. Hurrah!

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Post by Sparhawk on 6th April 2010, 12:50 am

No pond skaters yet this year,

but,

Pass around the cigars...

We have frog spawn,
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Not much, but its there...

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Post by Dandelion on 12th April 2010, 10:34 am

I've just spent an exhausting hour battling to control the sedge which has taken over around the edge of our pond. I bought the original plant from a gardeners' market in Ledbury, where amateurs and professionalgrowers could sell their plants (it seems to have disappeared over the last few years.) I'm sure I must have thought 'Ooohh, that sedge I've planted is doing nicely', but now it threatens to take over (the garden? the world?). It grows by sending out side shoots which then develop a mat of shallow but very strong roots which is difficult to shift - a breadknife would have been useful (Out to the charity shop in a tick to find one). I've left a bit of the sedge, because it looks as if it could survive flood, fire and nuclear attack!

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Post by Guest on 12th April 2010, 8:47 pm

Does anyone know how to grow marshmallow from seed. I have the seed from some friends last autumn. I have a muddy bank "in" the stream that looks very desirable that will flood after heavy rain but is exposed as the water drops.
Any ideas?

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Post by Sparhawk on 12th April 2010, 11:59 pm

Zoe wrote:Does anyone know how to grow marshmallow from seed?

Site: Full Sun
Soil: Moist, Moderate fertility
Propagating: Sow in spring. Divide base or try stem cuttings in spring.
Growing: Thin or transplant to 1ft apart; in second season thin again to 2ft apart.

Uses: Decorative, Culinary (Seed, Flower, Leaf, & Root), Cosmetic (Leaf & Root), Medicinal (Root).

source: The Complete Book Of Herbs...

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Post by Sparhawk on 13th April 2010, 1:25 am

Well this weekend has been rather good for us with our ponds...

As I put in an earlier post we had spawn in our pond, this is the pond that The Young Squire & Flute dug last year in the garden of Sparhawk towers. Its just a smallish one (5ft x 3ft & up to 2 ft deep) but plenty big enough for an average back garden to attract plenty of wildlife.
Towards the end of last week when we were working in toutside we noticed that we had 2 rather large toads that enjoyed watching us labouring whilst they were enjoying the sun. We also found our first pond skater of the year too.
In a quieter spell I spent a good hour creating habitat areas out of various rocks, stones, bits of natural wood & compost. I also went around the garden moving naturally growing plants (weeds?) & moving them in around the sides so hopefully that will contribute to our little wildlife area, our next door neighbour (her with the cats Evil or Very Mad ) asked us to relocate a couple of slow worms from her garden which wasn't a problem as we have quite a hot spot for them in our garden.

On Sunday The YSS & I ventured up to the school pond & wildlife area that we "manage". Unfortunately due to the weather, my work & my other problems that are documented elsewhere that I went through last year we haven't given as much time to this as we wanted but we had an email saying that they are having a green open day at the end of the month & naturally need to include the area in this as it is a major part of the school eco project.
Well, sometimes it just goes to prove that it is good to leave alone for a while, in an hour looking around we found hundreds of tadpoles, bugs & beetles galore, frogs, & toads (11+ under one piece of wood alone), 24 newts both in the pond & in the habitat areas including some beautiful palmate newts,
we also found evidence of animal runs, possibly badger or hedgehog. There was also loads of birds including some fabulous goldfinches.

I think the children will have a fabulous term of discovery this year.

I realise that this may be a bit of a long read but it just goes to show what a difference you can make with a little knowledge, time & thought, the wildlife is out there even in the middle of town, create the right environment & it will come to you...

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Post by Guest on 13th April 2010, 12:23 pm

Sounds great Sparhawk...I like the comment on "leaving alone". We try to leave areas to the wild and I think it is important not to have humans around too much. Toads do seem to be different. My one in the vegi patch comes out when I talk to him and I stroke his head ...very gently of course.

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Post by GB on 1st May 2010, 12:27 am

I just put in a small pond (plastic toy box) as the spade foot toads keep trying to meet their maker, using my pool to do it in Rolling Eyes Havnt got tehm to spawn in there yet but will be out with a flashlight to fish them out of the pool tonight and put them where they belong!

I did have to put fish in as the skeeters would take over without something to eat the larva. Guppies and some little yellow fish sold as feeders. No idea what they are but they will eat the varmints. Was going to get a lilly for the pond but the shop didnt have them last visit. Hopefully in a bit we'll get one.

Bathtubs make great ponds, very pretty and easy to put in.

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Post by polgara on 1st May 2010, 3:30 pm

How did the Green Open Day go? Hope all was OK.

In view of what was reported elsewhere about the pond any news for us about that yet?

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