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Pond blanket weed

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 17:24

I cleaned out my pond early Spring by emptying it.  It's quite small, about 8ft at the longest and 6 ft at the widest with only part of it 3 ft  deep.  I put Blagdon Fresh Start I. To rebalance the water, put the plants back the few fish I had left and it seemed fine.  In May I restocked the fish and put net over it as I lost of lot of fish through herons over the years.  In the last few weeks I hve been plagued with blanket weed which I have to remove daily.  I use the Blagdons Barley Straw extract.  I have used this many times before and also the Barley Straw Floating packs.  However, I lost 5 fish on consecutive days and I'm not sure what's killing them.  Surely the Barley Straw extract is a natural product and has never killed fish Or is the blanket week damaging them. It is clogging up the pump on a daily basis and I am pulling it out by hand.  Any suggestions!??


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 18:44

Thanks Rosie!


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 14:37

Thanks to you both.  Pravado it is then.


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 12:56

I have talked about this before but it still bugging mr ( excuse the pun)!  I have some lovely lilies which take pride of place in my raised bed.  After many years of fantastic flowers the last couple of years they have been stripped of their leaves.  I brought them in the Conservatory half way through last summer but they still carried on deteriorated.  I cleaned all the bulbs and have planted them in pots and left them in the greenhouse.  Can I treat them with anything?  Big guns needed so I can put them out once again.  Any ideas?  I have tried painstakingly picking them off, sunflower oil spray etc.

Begonia tubers

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 18:18
Thanks to you both!

Begonia tubers

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 16:55
I thought I had purchased plug plants but they are bulbs. The last time I order Begonia tubers less than half germinated. The instructions say to plant in shallow boxes containing a mixture of loam/ leaf mould/sand. Can I buy a mixture like this? Sorry about my ignorance. I do have some rotted leaf mould but not sure what is meant by " loam". Help please.


Posted: 12/12/2012 at 20:11

Thanks everone.  I shall plant them tomorrow


Posted: 11/12/2012 at 12:34
I've had some magnificent lily bulbs in a raised bed but the last two years they have been infected by lily beetles despite me checking them daily, squashing any I found and trying to get rid of the slimy larva. I took them out and have the bulbs put in the greenhouse with the intension of potting them up and keeping them in the conservatory next year ( the blooming things even fly,) . How do I treat them to make sure they are completely free of lava?

What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 08:40

Thanks for the help and information Sparklepiniksunflower.  I will try that. 

Glads!!!  you are lucky to see anything.  I bought 100 summer flowering bulbs this year and I can only see traces of greenery from half a dozen.  Mind you some are in a corner which has been virtually water logged this summer!  Probably rotting away somewhere under there!

Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 19:32

"Hypericum" - yellow flowers and mine definitely does send its roots underground and comes up in every join of the planting fabric under the pebbles.  I'm always pulling pieces up!


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