Hackney Permaculture


Mulching the edge of a pond
April 11, 2009, 3:11 pm
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As previously mentioned we now have a pond but quite a bit of the black liner is showing which is kinda bad news as it is more likely to get punctured as a result.

The back story is that it is virtually impossible to make a small pond which is deep enough to keep bugs and grubs happy over the winter without having some steep edges. Depths of over 70cm are advised so frogs and toads can survive the pond freezing but it you only have a metre or two for your pond you are not then going to have shallow enough sides so that any organic matter can sit on the liner for stuff to grow in.

I thought I might have a go at mulching the edges with cardboard and then piling some mud on top to cover it over. In order to stop the mud from falling straight off the cardboard I peeled back the top layer from dampened cardboard to reaveal the bumpy underside, threaded some twigs into the cardboard to create ridges and made very thick icky mud which was really really fun! Seriously – this is an excuse for adults to make mud pies… oh yes.

Seems to have done the job nicely thus far and hopefully plants will start to bind it all together creating a long term organic cover over the liner.

The problem - visible pond liner

The problem - visible pond liner

Cardboard ridged and threaded with twigs covering liner

Cardboard ridged and threaded with twigs covering liner

The solution - mulched pond edge covering liner

The solution - mulched pond edge covering liner

Claudia planting around the pond

Claudia planting around the pond

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Building a pond
April 3, 2009, 9:28 pm
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Dig a great big hole, over 70cm deep so things will survive the winter, leave shallow bits around some edges for plants and creatures to hang out in.

Find some smelly carpet and cardboard from the street for lining and wack on top a huge sheet of butyl bought from Aquatics Warehouse.

Add soil and then fill with tap water. Add some pond water from a friends pond. Be patient and trust mother nature will do the rest:

Dig a big arsed hole

Dig a big arsed hole

Cardboard and smelly carpet from the street

Cardboard and smelly carpet from the street

Angela lining the hole with carpet

Angela lining the hole with carpet

Pond lined with butyl and weighed down at the edges by stones

Pond lined with butyl and weighed down at the edges by stones

One slightly muddy pond ready for bugs and bits

One slightly muddy pond ready for bugs and bits

You will also notice the lovely new stepping stone path which was made from marrying my sledgehammer with the previous concrete monstrousity, the bath tub in it’s new home and the beds which I have marked out using the boughs of some elder which have been recently felled to clear the canopy.

Finally invite over small child to catch imaginery fish

Finally invite over small child to catch imaginery fish



I mulch, therefore i am
September 26, 2008, 7:49 pm
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Today was mulching day – we had Vanessa and Geri join us and the sun came out too, lovely.

Mulching (as I understand it) is the process of preparing areas of soil/weeds/land for planting by layering stuff on top which will given time and patience turn into lovely wonderful, fertile and weed-free soil.

We went for a layer of cardboard, a layer of hackney downs famous leaf compost, and a layer of garden cuttings from a neighbours garden:

Mulching - The First Cardboard Layer

Mulching - The first cardboard layer

Mulching - more cardboard please

Mulching - more cardboard please

Mulching - The second compost layer

Mulching - The second compost layer

Mulching - getting undesirables out of the cuttings

Mulching - getting undesirables out of the cuttings

Mulching - Flattening the top cuttings layer

Mulching - Flattening the top cuttings layer