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What are these bugs in the pond?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 16:50

My pond is exactly the same. We built it in Feb, and went through the cloudy green stage that I am aware is normal in a new pond. Yesterday I noticed the same creatures as you and seems to have coincided with it going lovely and clear so i assumed they had somehtg to do with it. Although it may be that the reason I have only just noticed them is because it has cleared, not due to their presence 

I'm hoping they are going to be good food for my tadpoles which have still not turned into froglets.

Looks like rhubarb?

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 20:26

Some kind of chard? 

Native plants

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 13:57

What about a crab apple? 

Runner Ducks

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 13:50

I can't remember what programme I saw some on, but the owners said that they were great as they don't scratch like chickens but they eat all the beasties off the plants. Sounds like a great idea. I would love some! 

Plant/Weed ID

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 20:53

You ARE amazing. Thank you! Knew you lot would know what it was 

Plant/Weed ID

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 17:13

I have something growing under a newly planted hedge which I assumed was bindweed.  It has a dark purple twining stem which is just starting to come into classic bindweed shaped leaves.


When I dug it up however, it has huge roots, almost the thickness of tree roots.  They look woody on the outside but are white and fleshy on the inside.



Any ideas? Is this just a kind of bindweed I haven't come across before or something else? 

Pond not going swimmingly...

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 20:10

Leave it. All new ponds go through a green stage. It should clear by itself in a few days. 

Correspondence courses for RHS qualifications

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 19:17

I registered with Learning Curve, now Borders Connect to do the level 2 principles.

My experience was of irrelevant assignments and notes, lack of communication from my tutor and general rubbishness. So I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend them. I ended up printing the learning outcomes off from the RHS website and teaching myself from textbooks. If you are confident to do it this way (there are some excellent textbooks written specifically for the course) then you would just have to pay the examination fees as an external candiate at your local exam centre.

If I go on to do level 3, this is how I would do it.


Eat my hedge

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 00:27

I'm attempting a crap apple hedge. 1 year old whips went in Jan 2014, so no flowers or fruit last year but I have fingers crossed for this year. 

color changing flowers

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 19:11

And nut, what on earth is that eBay listing?!? What worried me most is it claims that 300 people have actually bought them. 

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Discussions started by PoddingtonP

Plant/Weed ID

I know how much you all love a plant ID :-) 
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ID please

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where should seedlings live 
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Rambling roses

when will it flower? 
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Garden bird ID please

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Clearing out bird boxes

when is best? 
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Asparagus crowns

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Rambling rose on a fence

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San Marzano 3 tomatoes

what does semi determinate mean? 
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Where do you trust to buy plants from?

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Foxglove 'Illumination pink' propagation

when and how? 
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Roses and clematis to train along a fence

Suggestions please! 
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Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter fire'

looking a bit sorry for itself 
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holiday proofing the greenhouse

tip/thoughts on capillary matting 
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'With added John Innes'

what does it actually mean? 
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