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  • #7

    Peter (Thursday, 17 August 2017 09:59)

    If you don't mind me saying so, your advice on finding a leak by 'let(ting) the water settle to its own level, ...and mark the area with chalk.' is pathetic. The chalk will not tell you where the leak is - other than that it may be somewhere along the line. If the leak is a gaping hole, you will spot it, but life is not that kind, and it could be just a tiny hole, behind a fold or some pond weed.
    I have read that if the pond is full and still, a small quantity of milk carefully poured on to the water surface will gradually form a trail, as it is drawn to the leak. I have not tried this yet, but it sounds feasible.
    In my experience though, what you wrote earlier in your article is more useful - water is often lost through over-flowing. Even a leaf trailing over the edge of a pond can syphon water out - and very often this will happen in the pools above a waterfall, where the level is constantly being topped up by the pump. Debris and weed growth on the lip of the waterfall will exaggerate this.

  • #6

    sue (Thursday, 20 July 2017 16:48)

    Thank you for your help.
    Kindest regards Susan

  • #5

    Stephanie (Thursday, 08 June 2017 12:50)

    Dear Mike,

    This summer I finally realised that I cannot do the same type of gardening I once enjoyed. I'm sixty-six, with an injured back and arthritis in both feet and one knee. I fought the inevitable, but as my flower beds and lawn continued to look messy, I had no choice but to accept the march of time.

    Your site is wonderful! It really is the best of them all for explaining things clearly. I really appreciate the low cost ideas you suggest and the understanding approach that directs the writing. You make it fun and challenging to be getting older!

    Thank you so very much for giving me back my gardens. I fully intend to begin raised gardening next summer.

    Best wishes,

    Stephanie L. Pesando

    P.S. I live in Canada. Any chance that you could visit your former colony for a lecture tour?

  • #4

    Private (Wednesday, 14 December 2016 14:23)


    i work with people with dementia and this has given me lots of ideas to help those with an interest in gardening...thank you! I particularly liked the straw bale planting idea x

  • #3

    Student (Wednesday, 14 December 2016 14:21)

    I love the amount of information on your website, it's very helpful, interesting & user friendly. Found it when trying to design a sensory garden as part of my college work. Some more images would be lovely! Thank you.

  • #2

    Pascale Camus-Walter (Tuesday, 29 November 2016 21:25)

    Great site ! I was seeking for information for a clay pound and saw your marvellous site. Just designing a biblical garden in Alsace (France) and also needing tips for an access for disabled persons and a lot of other details. Your site is the right place! Our project : http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Jardin-des-Jardins/261453807260735

  • #1

    Karen (Tuesday, 29 November 2016 21:14)

    Hello Mike
    I was searching amongst the websites of how I can level some of my slightly sloping garden myself as a single mum. And that's how I came across your site!
    What an excellent website you have. So much information with the research behind it. I couldn't believe someone would actually go to so much trouble of explaining the theories behind designs. I love the bit on kids play areas and disabled gardening. Something I will pass onto my keen disabled gardeners at work.
    So I just wanted to thank you for the knowledge and experience you have shared.
    I'm not some loony as this is the first time I have contacted someone regarding the information in website. However where credit is due I think it needs acknowledging and praising.
    Thank you for a great informative site on landscaping and planting ideas

Some comments from the old guestbook

 

Ifound this site most informative, however our small garden is on clay and is always flooding as our neighbor is on higher ground so we have extra water seeping into our garden, in heavy rain the borders flood, cantget into the surface water drain because of an extensive patio, prebuilt. 

Thanks for your ideas. Well done

 

This is my first time having a greenhouse but your tips have been very useful. thank you 

 

great site/ so informative / am now going to try straw bale veg plot !! thank you 

What a lovely, unusual and interesting website. Thank you! 

Good information. As the population ages more and more information will be sought out. Having been asked to speak on this subject to a local garden club I have been surprised at the scarcity of information on this subject.

 

just been reading up on hay bale gardening...cant wait to start!!

I was searching for information on draining my waterlogged garden and found this site extremely helpful. All the info you would ever need to solve your drainage problems

 

Thanks, really looking forward to my projects just don't have the money yet LOL 

 

We would just like to say how pleased we were with the work you did, in providing a wheelchair accessible back garden. The advice given was just right, and the work done in a friendly and efficient manner. Many thanks. 

 

enjoyed looking at your website-found it informative and interesting.i have recently bought four p.o.ls and was relieved to find a sensible website to refer to should any problems arise

 

 

i work with people with dementia and this has given me lots of ideas to help those with an interest in gardening...thank you! I particularly liked the straw bale planting idea x 

 

I love this website. I am an occupational therapist trying to start a garden for those who are differently abled. Thank you for all of your ideas. I wish I could hire you out, but "crossing the pond" would be a bit of a trek. Thanks again. 

 

would love to plant in a bale of hay ,i have read about it for years , now i am a widow and 84 yeard old my husband would have loved to do this but he died. i am hopping on a broken foot and back drawn from osteo and all kinds of arthritus , i think i could work with a couple bales of hay, i love to grow but need to know just how to do it, could you tell me what to do, thanks mary lou johnson 

 

I have read the (Small Garden advice)Really informative without drowning me in information. I now have a clearer idea of where and how to start planning my new garden from scratch - new build house! Thankyou

 

 I love the amount of information on your website, it's very helpful, interesting & user friendly. Found it when trying to design a sensory garden as part of my college work. Some more images would be lovely! Thank you. 

 

Just up the road. Found your site be accident looking for ideas to landscape / terrace a hill. May call you for a quote as you seem to know what is what. Great site. 

 

Found your garden drainage page really useful 

 
Some recent comments



 

Date April 15, 2012
Name karen scarratt
Email kass59@live.co.uk
City staffordshire
Country UK
Comments This is my first time having a greenhouse but your tips have been very useful. thank you 



Date March 30, 2012
Name Pascale Camus-Walter
Email waltercolor@noos.fr
City Strasbourg
Country France
Comments Great site ! I was seeking for information for a clay pound and saw your marvellous site. Just designing a biblical garden in Alsace (France) and also needing tips for an access for disabled persons and a lot of other details. Your site is the right place! Our project : http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Jardin-des-Jardins/261453807260735 



Date February 26, 2012
Name lista
Email lista50@hotmail.co.uk
City southampton
Country uk
Comments great site/ so informative / am now going to try straw bale veg plot !! thank you 



Date January 30, 2012
Name Andrea Standivan
Email  
City Chilcompton
Country  
Comments What a lovely, unusual and interesting website. Thank you! 



Date January 17, 2012
Name L F Wilson
Email lorettafw@gmail.com
City Vancouver, Washington
Country USA
Comments Good information. As the population ages more and more information will be sought out. Having been asked to speak on this subject to a local garden club I have been surprised at the scarcity of information on this subject. 



Date January 11, 2012
Name petrina
Email petrinaslaughter@aol.com
City worcester
Country england
Comments just been reading up on hay bale gardening...cant wait to start!! 



Date January 10, 2012
Name Rudy
Email rudyrodjr@aol.com
City Marion Ia
Country usa
Comments Thanks, really looking forward to my projects just don't have the money yet LOL 



Date September 29, 2011
Name Robert Thomson
Email  
City Lochgelly
Country United Kingdom
Comments I was searching for information on draining my waterlogged garden and found this site extremely helpful. All the info you would ever need to solve your drainage problems. 



Date July 11, 2011
Name Chris Arnold
Email chrisarnold6@sky.com
City Kingsteignton
Country Devon
Comments We would just like to say how pleased we were with the work you did, in providing a wheelchair accessible back garden. The advice given was just right, and the work done in a friendly and efficient manner. Many thanks. 



Date May 30, 2011
Name kate
Email  
City tamworth
Country uk
Comments enjoyed looking at your website-found it informative and interesting.i have recently bought four p.o.ls and was relieved to find a sensible website to refer to should any problems arise. 



Date May 20, 2011
Name jen
Email  
City york
Country  
Comments i work with people with dementia and this has given me lots of ideas to help those with an interest in gardening...thank you! I particularly liked the straw bale planting idea x 



Date May 18, 2011
Name Laura Daggs
Email laura.daggs@sbcglobal.net
City Cleburne, Texas
Country USA
Comments I love this website. I am an occupational therapist trying to start a garden for those who are differently abled. Thank you for all of your ideas. I wish I could hire you out, but "crossing the pond" would be a bit of a trek. Thanks again. 



Date May 10, 2011
Name maryjohnson
Email mary123.johnson@charter.net
City lenoir n.c.
Country caldwell co
Comments would love to plant in a bale of hay ,i have read about it for years , now i am a widow and 84 yeard old my husband would have loved to do this but he died. i am hopping on a broken foot and back drawn from osteo and all kinds of arthritus , i think i could work with a couple bales of hay, i love to grow but need to know just how to do it, could you tell me what to do, thanks mary lou johnson 



Date April 11, 2011
Name Angie Russell
Email edwardsangie@hotmail.co.uk
City Doncaster
Country England
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Date April 10, 2011
Name christine harris
Email cbeansharris@hotmail.com
City Weston-Super-Mare
Country uk
Comments I have read the (Small Garden advice)Really informative without drowning me in information. I now have a clearer idea of where and how to start planning my new garden from scratch - new build house! Thankyou 



Date April 6, 2011
Name Linda Whiteley
Email lindawhiteley@hotmail.co.uk
City London
Country  
Comments I love the amount of information on your website, it's very helpful, interesting & user friendly. Found it when trying to design a sensory garden as part of my college work. Some more images would be lovely! Thank you. 



Date April 5, 2011
Name m
Email  
City  
Country  
Comments rr 



Date March 28, 2011
Name Mo
Email  
City  
Country  
Comments Thanks for the advice, good website. 



Date February 24, 2011
Name steve
Email steve@dataimage.uk.com
City Banwell
Country United Kingdom
Comments Just up the road. Found your site be accident looking for ideas to landscape / terrace a hill. May call you for a quote as you seem to know what is what. Great site. 



Date February 15, 2011
Name Christine Stewart
Email autumnlady@dragonswood.org.uk
City Peterborough
Country Cambs
Comments Love your site! A man after me own heart! Thank you so much for a wonderfully informative site. I will certainly return to it again and again. 



Date February 6, 2011
Name Lucy
Email  
City  
Country uk
Comments Found your garden drainage page really useful