This forum uses cookies
This forum makes use of cookies to store your login information if you are registered, and your last visit if you are not. Cookies are small text documents stored on your computer; the cookies set by this forum can only be used on this website and pose no security risk. Cookies on this forum also track the specific topics you have read and when you last read them. Please confirm whether you accept or reject these cookies being set.

A cookie will be stored in your browser regardless of choice to prevent you being asked this question again. You will be able to change your cookie settings at any time using the link in the footer.

<
[-]
Latest Threads
Going on holiday
Last Post: Sixo
Today 06:46 AM
» Replies: 7
» Views: 79
Nicks tanks.
Last Post: Nick Jarvis
Yesterday 11:16 PM
» Replies: 22
» Views: 211
Real plants - care of
Last Post: svendogg
Yesterday 11:10 PM
» Replies: 4
» Views: 121
Help dying fish
Last Post: Nick Jarvis
Yesterday 10:53 PM
» Replies: 5
» Views: 90
Amano Shrimps with yoyo loaches?
Last Post: Hanlou
Yesterday 10:08 PM
» Replies: 8
» Views: 73
An Improbability Fish
Last Post: Gingerlove05
Yesterday 09:52 PM
» Replies: 107
» Views: 15944
Micronemacheilus cruciatus (Hovering Zebra Loach)
Last Post: Annie
Yesterday 09:45 PM
» Replies: 1
» Views: 38
Another new Tank
Last Post: ivybell
Yesterday 08:59 PM
» Replies: 84
» Views: 1203
Newbie Advice
Last Post: Flex365
Yesterday 08:56 PM
» Replies: 8
» Views: 95
Wingnut55's Juwel Rio 450 LED
Last Post: plankton
Yesterday 08:10 PM
» Replies: 1703
» Views: 248050
GL’s multiple tank log
Last Post: Annie
Yesterday 08:07 PM
» Replies: 940
» Views: 77668
Jens Tanks
Last Post: Baddams
Yesterday 07:49 PM
» Replies: 180
» Views: 3559
Bolivian Rams Aggression
Last Post: Stephen
Yesterday 06:59 PM
» Replies: 24
» Views: 294
Sick oto
Last Post: Annie
Yesterday 06:55 PM
» Replies: 5
» Views: 97
Stephen's 600L tank log:
Last Post: Stephen
Yesterday 06:54 PM
» Replies: 154
» Views: 6876

Mol_PMB's wildlife pond
#31
Today’s work has been to clean up all the remaining blocks and stones. This was hard work on a rather damp day, but finally it’s finished and I’m almost ready to start rebuilding the wall. My plan to lay out all the stones in size order failed when I ran out of space, so they still need sorting. I’m too knackered to start now though! Time to get clean and start planning the pond planting.
[Image: ROSXNgpl.jpg][Image: IRhJJLol.jpg]
Mol_PMB
[-] The following 4 users Like Mol_PMB's post:
  • Baddams, Gingerlove05, Jen1981, plankton
Reply
Thanks given by:
#32
I've just ordered the liner, which I expect (hope!) will be the most expensive part of the project as I have bought a quality one.
It might be worth summarising the costs so far; if anyone else is considering a similar project this will give you an idea:
Sand and cement, plus a bricklaying trowel £85.68
Hessian sacks (previously used for coffee beans) £10.00
1mm Butyl liner and underlay £277.51
Wildlife pond book £3.27 (secondhand)
Total so far £376.46
So far, all the other materials have been recycled and the tools were either already in stock or borrowed from friends.

Things still to buy:
A few tiles for the runnel and overflow (hopefully reclaimed)
Some sort of coping for the front wall (maybe more reclaimed tiles)
Some guttering parts to divert the downpipe into the pond
Plants
Plant pots (for a few which need containing, otherwise I'll use the hessian sacks)

I've decided not to add a pump and filter as most of the advice I have read says that they're counter-productive for a wildlife pond.

I'm hoping the total cost will be less than £600. Ask me again in a couple of months!
Mol_PMB
[-] The following 2 users Like Mol_PMB's post:
  • Hanlou, Jen1981
Reply
Thanks given by:
#33
Wow that’s a lot of hard graft! Should be fantastic though.

I’d love a wildlife pond but no room now I’ve planted up my wildlife garden. I’ve actually been looking at a mini raised pond as a compromise. The birds and insects love my garden though which is something!

Will be following your progress with great interest!
Love Han xx

Currently fish-less but living in hope and learning whilst I wait!  xx
Reply
Thanks given by:
#34
Thanks Han!
(did we meet once when I picked up a 450L tank?)
I'm all for supporting wildlife, and although most of my garden is dedicated to organic fruit and veg, I'm happy to let the birds share some of it. They repay the favour by eating the aphids!

I've ordered some plants today. I'm going to plant them in a plastic crate to start with, if they arrive before the pond has water. I'm keen to get some established over winter rather than wait until spring before planting anything (though I will certainly add more in spring).

Product Quantity Price
Cotton Grass (Eriophorum Angustifolia) native Marginal plants 1 £2.75
Mares Tail (Hippuris Vulgaris) native. Marginal plants 1 £2.75
Bog Bean (Menyanthes trifoliata) Native. Marginal. 1 £3.50
Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) Native Marginal plants 1 £2.75
Spike-rush. (Eleocharis Palustris) native Marginal plants 1 £2.75
Tubular Water Dropwort (Oenanthe fistulosa) Native Marginal plants 1 £2.75
Pink flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus) native Marginal 1 £2.75
Black sedge (Carex nigra) Native Marginal plants 1 £2.75
Pond plant basket 19 X 19cm square 5 £5.50
Total including shipping was £35.23, to add to the budget!
Mol_PMB
[-] The following 2 users Like Mol_PMB's post:
  • Annie, Baddams
Reply
Thanks given by:
#35
Well the last few days have been busy at work and I've had some pain in my foot which has stopped me working in the garden. But today I've had four deliveries, three for the pond.

First to arrive was the liner and underlay:
[Image: bBvPnX4l.jpg]

Next was a package of hessian sacks, previously used for coffee beans:
[Image: rvITrlwl.jpg]
I am going to use some of these for planting the shallow areas - I'll fill them with soil and plant into them like a growbag. Eventually the hessian will degrade, but by that time the plant roots should have spread to hold the soil together.

Finally the plants arrived. Of course the pond is far from ready for planting, but I was keen to get some plants settled in so that when spring arrives they're ready to grow. For now I've created a miniature swamp in a large plastic tub, and planted them into that. The larger ones are planted in individual baskets but the smaller ones are just in mud, and will be transplanted to the hessian sacks when they are installed. I was pleased with my plant order; they were good value, seem in good condition and in several cases it was easy to separate the clump into two.
[Image: t1r2sfAl.jpg]

The other delivery was a box of old books from China, to support my research into narrow-gauge steam locomotives built in China. I'm gradually getting better at reading Mandarin.

I might go out and start the bricklaying later.
Mol_PMB
[-] The following 2 users Like Mol_PMB's post:
  • Gingerlove05, plankton
Reply
Thanks given by:


Forum Jump:


Users browsing this thread: 2 Guest(s)