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Nature is My Garden Friend

So as you may have seen in the photos, I have now completed quite a lot of digging on my second area in my 1/4 plot and if you haven't guessed what I'm doing yet, I can tell you its going to be a nature pond!

So I'm digging the pond, and it's not going to be very big, but big enough to hopefully attract frogs and toads ( come and eat my slugs my beauties) and hopefully newts along with other creatures and birds and insects.

frog on a log next to water

I have dug several layers or depths for two reasons. One area needs to be deep so creatures can survive down in the depths of the pond during the coldest of winters. The shallows are for creatures that like water slightly warmer and I have graduated the edge so that another of the gardeners friends, the hedgehog, can safely come and drink and if he was to tumble in, although good swimmers he will be able to safely climb out!

So making a little beach area; No deck chairs but possibly a few bog plants!

So the hole has been dug. I had a plan of how I wanted it to look but I only in my head. Like most of my ideas the finished picture is in my head, I just have to find a way to get to that point. Pond liner is ordered and I'm now turning my thoughts to aerating plants to keep the water healthy and then maybe I will need a few plants to put in the shallows to create a safe haven for creatures to hide in.

I can honestly say I have never done anything like this before, so I'm gradually finding my way. And I'm always grateful for advice. So if you have any do's or don'ts I would love to hear from you.

I have plans for the rest of the area around the pond I will share with you very soon. But for now I'm just super excited that the project is well under way and I'm finding myself thinking, will frogs and toads appear? Will they find my pond? How will they?

I guess I will have to just wait and see what happens as the pond matures and the plants I choose mature too.

I'm hopeful a passing toad will find it and think "this is a bit of a okay place" and decide to stay.

I guess time will tell, so check in and I will keep you updated.

Wish me luck!

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Two women. Two generations. Both mothers and lovers of the county where they live. Blogging about Dorset here at Dorset Country Life. Find out more...

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