We've always talked of doing this.... so a couple of weeks ago in the dry weather my son made a start with the digger.
This is the site as he was starting:
Then over the course of several days it increased in size:
It started to fill with water - which in that warm weather just "needed" to be tested:
At the end of last weekend it looked like this:
View from other end on same day:
A bit more has been dug out, but I've no pictures from yesterday's activity yet.
The plan is to spread the dug stuff out over the thin soil of the surrounding field (rock close under) and to spread the more black shucky stuff on top.... and hopefully to plant some of my apple pip treelets into that. Probably, will need to add some sand, forked into the base of the planting hole to help with drainage as the clay is well clayey!
It only refers to the minimum winter temperatures though - not everything that grows on my place will grow in yours, or vice versa. With the rather strange exception of the Madronho/Irish Strawberry Tree...
By that chart we had a zone 7 winter this winter. Loads of plants died that usually survive. I had an Escalonia hedge that I planted about 10 years ago die - every single plant of it! Previously they all lived through the winter.
In Belfast all the gardens that had palm trees now have dead sticks.
We did have a very unusual winter though. First time that I recall that all the water drinkers for the fields froze in the ground. We used to break the ice on the drinkers, but have never had to set up a whole alternative drinking system for the field before. Basically the hose pipe lived in the house for a couple of months, because left outsided it froze. (Okay so we thawed it a few times in the shower before we realised the cold snap was gonna stay!)
Normally we are fairly mild all year. Mild and wet. Thankfully we don't usually get the scorching hot summers.....
Now- Irish Strawberry tree? I think I'll have to see if I can find one of those? What are they?
Willy_K wrote: Salkeela, will that water stay in your pond do you think? Or do you intend to try to seal it in some way?
The water will stay. We are in rainy N.Ireland. Even in dry spells the spring that feeds this pond still runs and the shuck above the pond never dries out.
I doubt we could get all the water out now in order to "seal" it.... LOL! The undersoil is boulder clay and naturally sealed I think. Either that or the water table is that high already...... If it drys up over the summer I'll be really surprised!