Posted: 16/06/2017 at 12:41
Awww bless you ........ hope you're feeling better now. I'm laid up with a broken foot so I know how frustrating it is, especially at this time of year.
We've used Blagdon's since we made the pond in 2014 .... in the first year we used it monthly in the warmer months. The following year I think we used it about the same. Since then we've only used it a couple of times each summer. This year we've used it once so far ... the water is lovely and clear and like Pete, we've been watching the newts' mating behaviour.
We got lot of blanket weed in the warm weather early this year before the pond snails had really got themselves working flat out so we removed some of it by hand, then left it up to the pond snails munch the blanket weed and duck weed and they're doing very well. We've also got a lot of water cress, Native Hornwort and Water Soldier in the pond ... we have to thin that out a couple of times a year because it grows so quickly. We always go through it very carefully rescuing pond snail eggs etc and putting them back in the pond.
I hereby declare the Newt Escape Ramp open!!!