This glorious spring weather means our garden is blossoming and blooming at an incredible rate! No matter how long I’ve been at it, this always catches me by surprise and it’s been all hands on
deck the garden to keep up with it. Weeding is a chore but we need to keep on top of it, Darling Daughter is now pretty efficient with a hoe and Bonus Boy loves spotting bindweed and pulling it out. Bindweed is also known as Devil’s guts and if you’ve got it, you’ll know why! Of course he loves that and delights in pulling the guts out of the ground!
This week we decided that our garden needs a pond. Bonus Boy is in love with tadpoles and frogs and is hoping that our pond may encourage some amphibious visitors.
However, we are spatially challenged. Ours is a small town garden with no room for a large pond (There was one here when we bought the house but it took over the whole garden, was ugly and just a tad hazardous with three very small children so it had to go) so we are improvising with a bucket.
I bought a large 30cm² planter from Poundstretcher for £2.99 and got a willing teen to dig a large hole for it when he got home this evening
Next we added a brick for frogs to sit on, some old pots for fishy interest and a ceramic fish because we wanted to!
I poured 3 gallons of water into the bucket and added a drop of dechlorinator which I bought from our local garden centre. It’s important to do this as pond life is not suited to tap water. If you have a rain butt with enough water in you can use that and skip this bit but my rainwater butt is running horribly dry! Bonus Boy popped in some oxygenating weed (again bought from the garden centre and important if you want to keep fish alive!)
We decorated around the pond and will be adding some more shade loving plants soon. The spot we chose for our pond gets morning sunshine but is in shade for the hottest part of the day, we don’t want our creatures to get overheated!
The water has to be left to dechlorinate itself for 48 hours so we will be making a very exciting trip to the pet shop on Thursday after school to buy a fishy or two!
We already have a gnome of course!
So, what have you been up to in your garden this week? If you’d like to link up your posts so we can have a look at them please click on the little blue blob below. If you could link back to me in your post that would be lovely! I’ll leave the link up until next Monday evening so if you haven’t written one and would like to, you still have time!