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    jason fisher Guest

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    Well my pond is now 2 years old.

    i've been sitting by the side enjoying a bit of sun between bouts of slavery for the wife.
    I counted 19 small frogs from last years hatch all about half to 3/4 of full size.
    the first dragon fly of the year, one blue damsel and 2 red damsels/small dragonflies not sure which.
    3 brown gold fish from a spawning in the first year and a couple from last year.
    the gold fish are sunbathing and looking like they're about to spawn yet again.
    later i'll be sitting by the side in the sun and enjoying a nice glass of wine while watching the bats as it falls dark..
    just thought i'd share that with you there's some days that life is wonderful.

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    Jason,
    I cleaned a pond out today for a customer.
    the koy carp that were in there were put into a storage tank while I got on with vacumeing the bottom silt out. I came across about 30 to 40 young fish which had been trapped in a large piece of mesh. Split the lily pads up and marginal plants. Then started to refill again. The whole thing only took about 4 hours but it's well worth it when you can sit out and watch the fish and insect life that it attracts. One of the best evenings I had last year around my own pond was when I was sat out one warm evening listening to the frogs croaking, it was magical, especially with a nice low tinkling sound of water comeing in from a waterfall.

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    Wolfman Woody Guest

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    "there's some days that life is wonderful." but never quite as good as tomorrow!


    Enjoy each and every moment of each and every day and always look forward to the next breakfast.

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    In all the gardens,
    all over the land,
    where ever I may roam.
    There's just one thing,
    I can't abide,
    a plastic bloody gnome.

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    The Monk Guest

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    I have four ponds in my garden, and I`ve removed three gnomes (the girlfirend keeps buying them, and I keep slinging them), I hate the bloody things.

    Its amazing how wildlife appears once you create the habitat, this year I have newts, frogs and carp all breeding, the place is alive with everything, pipestrelle bats, Tawney owls and fox by night, a variety of garden birds with the occassional kingfisher sat on the back fence, Brown and green hawker dragon flies, 4 varieties of damsels. Its great to get home from work and just sit on one of my benches and observe the wildlife. In fact a recent ecological survey pointed out the significant growth in wildlife and wildlife corridors created by water gardens, particularly with the significant decrease in open country habit through modern farming methodologies.

    So sod the wife, if you dont already have a pond in the garden, then get out there and dig the lawn up
    (you know it makes sense)

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    Monk,
    I like the bit about slinging the gnomes, hahahaha. There was an area near where I live a couple of years ago where someone was kidnapping this blokes gnomes and sending ransom notes.
    There is a good book by Prof.Chris Baynes on wild life gardening. He concentrates on the smallest of gardens in making a wildlife reserve. It's easy any one can do it, and as you say is very rewarding, it is your very own piece of countryside in the middle of suberbia. He has also done a lot of work for the New Town areas in creating wild life habitats.



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    Well manicured lawns are green deserts according to C.Baynes, I couldn't agree more. And don't forget to have a log pile somewhere in the garden, you can have a well cared for woodland edge in the tiniest of gardens. Your grassed area (not lawned) is your meadow. A little thought and imagination is all that is required.

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    The Monk Guest

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    a good mate of mine, George Pilkington wrote a book on wildlife gardening a few years ago, hes due to release a second book this year, Chris did his forward by the way)both George and I did our Masters degrees at Manchester, worth picking up Georges books if you come across them

    Gardening for Wildlife forward by Chris Baines, by George Pilkington, ISBN 1 873727 12 7 (1999) Alfresco Books, Warrington.

    In fact I`m out with George next friday, I`ll see if he has any copies left?

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    The Monk Guest

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    I got one of her bloody gnomes, tarred and feathered the ******, put a noose around its neck and hung it from the corner of the garden shed

    (said the kids had done it)

    I think she got the message

    I now have a gnome free garden

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    jason fisher Guest

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    there's an underground french society dedicated to the liberation of gnomes.

    they liberate them and return them to the wild.
    aparently a load were found standing round in a clearing in a french wood.

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