Get a wildlife pond, they said.
It will be easy to make, they said.
If you'd like a wildlife pond too, and who knows maybe you will be lucky enough to attract other wildlife than just the local moggies, here's how I did it:
- dig a biggish hole
- bung in a black round mortar tub (you can get it at a builder's merchant, it's cheap as chips, mine has a diameter of 56 cm)
- make sure it's level
- backfill round the sides & keep checking the tub is level
- fill the tub with water
- hide the ugly black rim with plants and rocks
- bung in at least 1 oxygenator plant and some other aquatic plants of your choice such as a teenytiny waterlily for a small pond such as this
- make an escape route from the pond for frogs, toads & hedgehogs, so the little darlings won't drown, by putting some rocks on top of each other until the last one reaches the surface of the water. BTW that rock that's just above waterlevel is also a handy place for bees and other insects to land on and get a drink from the pond
- sit back and enjoy!
My wildlife pond has been in for 2 months and apart from handsome and thirsty Jeeves quite a few other animals enjoy it too.
copyright 2011 Y.E.W. Heuzen
Thursday, June 23, 2011
As children we are told not to play with our food, but take it from me, gentle reader, playing with food is fun. Startling your friends and relatives with purple spuds, yellow beets, green rat tail's radishes, edible flowers and drinkable roses is a hoot!
|Cavolo nero is worth growing for its beauty alone. Stunning, innit?|
|Tropaeolum tuberosum, family of nasturtiums, produces pretty flowers and edible roots|
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
And thems are rich pickings, very much so. This extraordinary weather we've been having since late March has been a great help in making the pickings extra rich. It's not every year that Summer starts in April, it mostly starts end of June and also not unheard of, it sometimes never starts at all and from Spring we go straight to Autumn. This year we have managed to miss Spring altogether.
|Courgettes ready for picking in early May, usually not to be harvested before half June|
Weird when the calender says April, your diary says the same and dito for your inner time table, you then step outside into the garden where it's June. Every time I go outside one small step for woman equals a giant 2 months leap in time. How very time warp-y.
|Pretty in Purple; fat marrow peas and |
|Whopping Leylandii, at its widest 2.5 meter wide and 3 m high|
|This space behind the Victorian greenhouse used to be all hedge|
|Courgette & lemon salad and courgette flower fritters stuffed with goat's cheese|
So I've been eating a lot of food stuff for weeks now which I would normally eat much much later. It's not only the stepping outside that gives me a jolt every time, the food on my plate does the same. Unheimisch!
|Broad beans, savory, new purple spuds and a dollop of tzatziki. Yum!|
|On the left my 3 sisters bed, on the right spuds, cavolo nero, sorrel & poppies.|
|Sugar snaps growing up against the new fence.|
|Mix and match; lettuce, ruby chard, sorrel and tomatoes with the odd poppy here and there|
|Potager in early June 2011|
|Potager with chooks in the background|