Hackney Permaculture


Solar powered pond pump
June 12, 2009, 8:13 pm
Filed under: Doing | Tags: , , , ,

The pond has been getting a little moody so I thought I might buy it a present to cheer it up:

pump

solar

For forty pounds I got a solar powered water oxygenating pump from eBay. It seems to be a standard budget option and it is no frills, only working when the sun is beaming but with the addition of a bit more pond weed too, the pond is now starting to be a bit less grumpy. Pretty sure it was a good investment but I haven’t seen anything similar elsewhere on my wanders to compare it to…

Advertisements


Building a pond
April 3, 2009, 9:28 pm
Filed under: Collecting, Doing | Tags: , , , , ,

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



All mulched
Many hands make light work and yesterday four of us managed to bring ten more bags of compost back from the park and finish mulching the second half of our main growing space in next to no time at all.
Hackney Downs compost area

Hackney Downs compost area with official council sign

Main area fully mulched

Main area fully mulched

After mulching we split into two groups – Claudia and Parastow broke up some strawberry plants, which had been rescued from somewhere else, into smaller pots so they will survive the winter with some water and love.

Next they planted some rainbow chard which was already looking fairly tasty as it had started life in the same place as the strawberries.

Freshly planted Rainbow Chard

Freshly planted Rainbow Chard

Meanwhile Laura and I began to clear out the bed at the rear of the garden which revelead a dead bed frame, a kids trike and scooter, three barbeques, a couple of dead chairs and numerous other bits of junk.

We also spent an age filling up the pond but it was empty again this morning so we obviously need to do a better job of blocking the plug hole!

Dead bed and other misc junk

Dead bed and other misc junk



Day 2 – Compost and pond building
September 21, 2008, 6:24 pm
Filed under: Doing | Tags: , , , ,

A week later and with the help of Dean ‘I love digging holes’ Firth we are now off the starting blocks.

We got four palettes from the art supplier just round the corner to make our compost and used an old blind to bind it together and fill in the holes:

The start of our compost

The start of our compost

Downstairs were throwing out a bin and we dug a hole to sink it into the ground – this is going to be the start of our pond hopefully!

Dean preparing the bath tub and the girls fixing the compost

Dean preparing the bath tub and the girls fixing the compost

Oh, and Claudia found a grape vine which was pretty cool and unexpected.

The Grape Vine

The Grape Vine

The Garden

The Garden