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Building a "mound"

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,907
    A good pickaxe is what you need @JamesSB  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • TheGreenManTheGreenMan Tyne & Wear Green Belt Posts: 1,613
    It can sit in the shed with my crow bar. I’ve acquired so many new tools since April. 😂 @Fairygirl
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391
    I would get yourself a 5lb mattock - similar in use to a pickaxe, but has many more uses around a garden and is great for digging in clay. :)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,907
    You can never have too many tools @JamesSB ;)
    A mattock would probably have been worth investing in for me @BobTheGardener. I'm getting too old for wrestling with clay and hoiking out bricks and rocks [not to mention the bits of kerbstone ]   and all this digging malarkey.... :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • TheGreenManTheGreenMan Tyne & Wear Green Belt Posts: 1,613
    edited July 2021
    Yeah @BobTheGardener a mattock looks like a lot of fun. 

    I can use it for stump removal too and let the crow bar have a rest. 

    Hoik is such a great word @Fairygirl
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,907
    Indeed - useful for all sorts of scenarios @JamesSB ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 10,482
    As in, we used to 'hoik' up our stockings @Fairygirl!
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    edited July 2021
    There is a saying on the forum, that you will wish you had made a pond twice the size you have, no matter how big you made it. ;)

    I think a mound of some kind might be a good idea - somewhere else. You will have mass of material when digging out the pond area and probably from other planting. It will be cheaper to make a mound than trying to take the soil off the garden. You can use turves the same way.
  • TheGreenManTheGreenMan Tyne & Wear Green Belt Posts: 1,613
    Thanks @Fire

    I shall keep that saying at the front of my mind when the time comes to plot out the area for the pond. 

    I shall order my mattock and get my thinking cap out of the wardrobe. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,907
    I'd agree- don't rush into it too quickly. I understand how you've got itchy fingers though, and want to get something in place while the weather's decent to dig and plant etc, but a wee bit of planning is worthwhile  :)

    I rarely had to hoik up stockings @Lizzie27, but tights were a different matter.
    Gusset was always heading for my knees.  :D
    Glad I don't have to wear either any more. Best use for tights is as a tie for newly planted trees. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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