Small pond on plot?

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leeky

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« on: March 12, 2007, 23:47 »
Hi folks  :D

Would it be beneficial to scoop out say a 6 foot hole a bit over a foot deep and line it with a liner to create a pond on the plot? tucked in the corner out of the way it may help with water collection too, if butts get depleted in a hot summer for instance.

Will frogs be attracted to it and if so I believe they are good to get rid of slugs?

what do you think?  :?:

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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2007, 23:49 »
waste of good growing ground in my thinking  :wink:
still alive /............

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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2007, 23:54 »
well thats another one sorted. thanks munty  :lol:


talking of water butts, a geezer on the plot has the biggest waterbutt Ive ever seen. must be 10 feet tall and nearly as wide . in fact im not sure it used to be a water butt at all!  :lol:  :lol:

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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2007, 23:56 »
you can get the fertiliser tanks from farms if ya ask they hold 500 galls i think but dont quote me .i know they dang heavy and have a tap :lol:

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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2007, 01:03 »
Ponds are a great idea for allotments. They attract all sorts of wildlife but especially frogs and toads and they do reduce the numbers of slugs.......(apart from HUGE ones called 'erbert!!) This is my 3rd year of having a pond and this year for the first time the frogs and toads have spawned...it's fantastic! In the summertime we get lots of dragonflies and damsel flies. If my pond gets overfull it drains into a bog garden...which again brings different beneficial insects feeding on the flowers. My allotment neighbours are really please with my pond.....especially as the slug population is down. :) Also, when supervised, children can get a good insight as to what lurks in the water below with pond dipping :)

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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2007, 01:18 »
hey Munty, maybe its a surplus nuclear shelter?


agapanthus, thanks for that. sounds great. how big is your pond?

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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2007, 10:38 »
About 7' x 5' plus a 4' x 5' bog garden :)

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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2007, 13:41 »
dont be daft . a nuke bunker would be to small for folks who is tall loike wot i am ....... mind it would be fine for shortarse shaun :wink:

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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2007, 15:38 »
And here I was thinking you were over 5 ft tall, Munty  :lol:  :lol:

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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2007, 18:59 »
now now guys  :lol:


nice one agapanthus!

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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2007, 19:23 »
Quote from: "muntjac"
dont be daft . a nuke bunker would be to small for folks who is tall loike wot i am ....... mind it would be fine for shortarse shaun :wink:

i heard that tommy  :lol:
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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2007, 15:57 »
I've dug a pond, 8ft round, 2ft 6in deep in the middle with a gentle slope. There were water boatmen on it within hours of filling and now in year 2 its got frogs, dragonflies, water skippers and even newts. Beware that the amount of soil that comes out of it is about 3 times the amount of soil that was in it, and here is your chance to fill some raised beds. I don't find it any good as a water reservoir because if the water butts are empty, such a shallow pond is nearly empty too. In fact I filled it from my water butts twice last summer. Well worth the space for the fascination of the wildlife, and the frogs are good slug eaters. I have put a little deck on the side and sit and contemplate when gardening degenerates into wine drinking

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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2007, 16:46 »
I have a little one, pond that is, got me frogs/ slug bashers in and they will be earning there keep this year or the garlic will have new friends to keep compnany in the pot. It looks nice and peacefull, boy I must be getting old.
Punk isn't dead...it's underground where it belongs. If it comes to the surface it's no longer punk...it's Green Day!

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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2007, 20:39 »
Quote from: "Aidy"
I have a little one, pond that is, got me frogs/ slug bashers in and they will be earning there keep this year or the garlic will have new friends to keep compnany in the pot. It looks nice and peacefull, boy I must be getting old.

Ain't we all !! :)

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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2007, 21:58 »
Like the contemplation bit,I find we don`t do too much of that.Sometimes it`s nice to sit and really see what we have achieved.



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