Thanks to the wonderful fellas from the road crew down the street we are now finally able to start building our beautiful frog pond.
There were some new water mains being installed outside my mother-in-laws house last week. In order to get the new pipes in a whole heap of beautiful basalt boulders had to be excavated from the site. We happened to pop in on Friday evening, when the boulders had been brought up. We checked them over – perfect. So, we anxiously waited through the weekend hoping that they wouldn’t be send off to be crushed for road base before we were able to negotiate with the road crew to save them. My darling mother-in-law took on the task of negotiating and after a few friendly exchanges the tipper driver very kindly arranged to deliver them to us.
We have been planning to build a frog pond in our front garden for some time. However, we needed some pretty big rocks fro the job and as most people will know, big rocks can be very expensive. So, we worked on other areas of the garden while we waited for the day when such a situation would arise – where the boulders were being excavated locally and at a time that we were ready to have them offloaded in the garden.
We live in the vicinity of a number of beautiful waterways, which are populated by a fine selection of frogs, lizards and other animals. In particular our area is home to the Growling Grass Frog (Litoria raniformis), a nationally vulnerable species which is in need of help in any way possible. One way that we can help is to provide habitat for them – our froggy pond.
I have chosen an area of the block where our noisy inhabitants will be far from sleeping neighbours. Also, from a permaculture perspective, I have chosen a high point on the block which will enable me to run the overflow from the pond into my wicking vegetable beds, down through the water garden and then out to storm water – if it’s lucky.
There is so much work ahead for this project. I will be sure to document it’s progress for you.
Cosi & co, thank you ever so much for your generosity. I am truly grateful. The frogs and I won’t forget your good deed. They will be very happy in their new home which wouldn’t happen without you.
For more information on frogs of your area check out Frogs of Australia. They have sound waves so you can listen and quite easily identify the frogs living in your garden. For readers outside of Australia search frog sites in your country. I am sure there are plenty of resources like Frogs of Australia out there.