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Plants that are hard to grow in garden ponds

Most garden ponds are constructed using some sort of hard surface, usually a pond liner, concrete or a preformed pond. This is a very different environment to the wild, as any substrate will be shallow. For some plants this isn’t … Continue reading

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Small (or smaller) pondweed

My photo shows some shoots of one of the fine-leaved pondweeds (it’s either small pondweed Potamogeton berchtoldii or least pondweed Potamogeton pusillus). It’s the thing with the long narrow leaves. I’m quite surprised to see it come up here on … Continue reading

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The Drought Ends

We’ve had the driest start to the year since 1929 in Britain, and Wales has been no exception. We’ve had very little serious rain (by which I mean a week or so of wet weather) since the snow melted in … Continue reading

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In Praise of Pondweeds

Ok, so here we go with the plants. And yes, I admit it, I really like pondweeds. Now, I hear you say, I’d already worked that out as this thing is about ponds. Of course you like pondweed. But I … Continue reading

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Here be Dragons…

The first things to arrive in a new pond are always the insects. If you build the pond during the warmer months, pond skaters will find it and land pretty much as soon as you start to fill it. They … Continue reading

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About the Pond

Hi there. Inspired by another pond blog, I’ve decided to write my own, to share the joys and pitfalls of having a garden wildlife pond. I live with my wife and little girl in the top left hand corner of … Continue reading

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