Last garden bash for 2018

I can’t believe it is the end of the year. And after about a month of work on the pond, it is still not finished. However, I feel real progress was made today and I’m sure I will sleep well tonight.

This morning, I cleared away the last of the soil from the area which is to be the bog garden. Part of me wanted to give up, as I wasn’t feeling too energetic after a long day out in the West Midlands on Saturday. But I persevered, knowing that the sense of satisfaction this evening would be worth the effort.

Then after lunch I used sand which had originally been under the patio slabs to line the bog garden before putting down the liner. There were rather more stones in the sand than I’d hoped for but I think I’ve picked them out sufficiently to prevent the liner from puncturing.

Should the stone issue prove to be too thorny, as you may have gleaned from the above photo, I’ve got plenty of liner. It’s not the most flexible but I saved it from landfill. And in using the sand for the bog garden today, I know I must purchase stone-free sand for the pond proper.

So, 2019 here we come. I’ve still got a number of other jobs to do this winter to complete my plans but I’m going to enjoy some rest for a day or two…. unless I sneak in a visit to a garden centre at some point tomorrow.

I hope you have a wonderful start to 2019. And it would be nice to think the world will be a better place than it was in 2018.

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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23 Responses to Last garden bash for 2018

  1. A bog garden…how wonderful! I share your hopes for the coming year!

  2. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    May 2019 bring a pond full of wildlife to enhance your garden.

  3. Lavinia Ross says:

    A bog garden sounds wonderful. All the best to you in 2019, Helen.

  4. Clare Pooley says:

    Best wishes for a better year next year, Helen xx

    • Helen says:

      Thank you, Clare. My 2018 has been great 😊, so if 2019 is the same for me that’s fine. I am very sad about the wars and such and hope there will be changes in a positive direction next year.

  5. Enjoy a better 2019, Helen

  6. I hope you get lots of frogs in your new pond. Have a good 2019.
    We built a new pond in 2018 and it was the best thing we did.

  7. skyeent says:

    I seem to remember that bog garden liners should have holes in them? It stops the water getting stagnant? So it’s probably just as well you need to buy more sand for the pond then that will hold water.

  8. I’m with you, Helen, hoping 2019 is a vast improvement over last year. I’ve missed a lot here, but it looks as though you’ve been working hard installing a pond and that you’re making a bog garden as well. I confess to not knowing what that is, but I’ll read on.

    Happy New Year!

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