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Pond Problems

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 19:21

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Hi.

Not sure if in right place but...

I carried out my usual spring maintenance 3-4 weeks ago, Removed & Serviced Filter and Pump, replaced UV, Cleaned sponges etc. Usually within 2-3 weeks my water is clear but this year still Pea Soup, so i decided to use Tetra Crystal Water, something i never need or want to use, not only because im eu-natural but im just to cynical to believe the hype; but needs must and of course it worked....for 1 week, now pea soup again....just what the guy in the shop said wouldn't happen.

My pond is around 5000l so getting small for the growing 5 x Koi and 2 x Gold all @ 4-6 inches long + 7 or so inch long babies that have appeared, not sure how as I'm sure the Koi wouldn't mate like that and the Golds are males and the babies are black and look like neither???? Oh Well the more the merrier....

The pump was running through winter and its been fine weather here so far this spring. The pond is under a tree but i do clear leaves and while it was clear i could see the bottom was pretty clean. I don't have a bottom drain.

The fish are happy and again feeding from the surface, although the Koi still don't seem to like me and chip off when I'm around, maybe its my face!!!

I'm due 3 x 5inch new Gold arrivals soon but not sure if i can take them with the new babies.

I have attached 2 photos, excuse the messy edges, scruffiness and low water level(( missing screws in pump UV..I think)) i want the water clear before i get the time to get the pond looking summer nice.

Pump is Oase 6000- Pump is Pond Expert 4500 so there all good quality and have been reliable for past 4 years.

I have posted this message on Pond Only forums but their always so serous and tell me that my fish are all going to die with in a week, i always get a more friendly and level headed response here....

All advice is good, as long as its good.....

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Conservatory Plants

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 19:39

Hi

My mum has had a new conservatory built and i want to get her a large, fragrant colourful, easy maintain plant. Lots of green and lots of large flowers. i plan to buy quite mature and large in a large pot. I like a climber and they look good in a conservatory but she may think it will be to much hassle, we are Dahlia lovers.. The glazed walls are NW to SE along with the roof, the side walls are not glazed. I like the look of a Hoya!!

Any thoughts??

R

Splitting Dahlias

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 12:02
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 Any advise on splitting these 2 clumps up.

I want as many growable tubers to store and replant but these are just to tangled to get apart....They have been out 1 week

R

Over Wintering Dahlias

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 19:58

yep

the first few came out Wednesday and i stored them today. the ones dug today will be stored mid week...

Over Wintering Dahlias

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 15:51
My god.....theses things are huge.
I've dug out 3 cactus types so far and there massive, must be 20 tubers on each all from 1 or 2 planted 2 years ago. I hope I'm doing the right thing???? I want to split these so I get double next year but I'm not sure if I'm going to do them all now as there so big. Iv cleaned off as much earth as I can but it's impossible to get it all off. So far with the small er iv put them into plastic trays with larg gaps lined with paper, dusted with yellow sulphur and covered with decent compost, the remainder small stems sticking out. Not sure what I'm going to keep these 3 in there so big or if I'm going to dig up any more as they all did alright left in last year.

Dahlia Over winter

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 15:37
My god.....theses things are huge.
I've dug out 3 cactus types so far and there massive, must be 20 tubers on each all from 1 or 2 planted 2 years ago. I hope I'm doing the right thing???? I want to split these so I get double next year but I'm not sure if I'm going to do them all now as there so big. Iv cleaned off as much earth as I can but it's impossible to get it all off. So far with the small er iv put them into plastic trays with larg gaps lined with paper, dusted with yellow sulphur and covered with decent compost, the remainder small stems sticking out. Not sure what I'm going to keep these 3 in there so big or if I'm going to dig up any more as they all did alright left in last year.

Dahlia Over winter

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 11:38

do the need to be completely covered in the sand or just the tubers themselves??

 

Over Wintering Dahlias

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 11:07

Hi

Im digging out my Tubers today as there are no more flowers on any.

I have already done a few this week as 2 very excellent Ball types started to collapse. I dug 1 out and just got the same single tuber i planted,(( it has eyes)), the second the tubers had broken away from the stem so its just a collection of loose Tubers ((most have eyes)).Will these 2 be any good next year??

Also should i trim off the stringy roots from the Tubers?? i have so far but there alot coming out today.

Im cleaning them adding sulphur stuff and then there going into either sand or vermiculite in open plastic bags hanging in the shed over winter....

Good Idea?Bad Idea??

R

Dahlia Over winter

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 11:06

Hi

Im digging out my Tubers today as there are no more flowers on any.

I have already done a few this week as 2 very excellent Ball types started to collapse. I dug 1 out and just got the same single tuber i planted,(( it has eyes)), the second the tubers had broken away from the stem so its just a collection of loose Tubers ((most have eyes)).Will these 2 be any good next year??

Also should i trim off the stringy roots from the Tubers?? i have so far but there alot coming out today.

Im cleaning them adding sulphur stuff and then there going into either sand or vermiculite in open plastic bags hanging in the shed over winter....

Good Idea?Bad Idea??

R

leaf curl on fruit tree

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 22:29

WOW

Thanks Garden Yoda's....

As i say i am still a novice but answers like this make the whole thing excellent...

I love my garden....... 

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