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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:44 pm    Post subject: New wildlife pond Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

Its gone very quiet here lately but im sure there are a few experts left that may be able to help.

I have finally done it, I dug and filled a pond this afternoon, considering I bought the liner last august!! a hard days graft but worth it, The pond is about 9 foot by 8 foot, I have put in a pebble beach to allow access. That's all I have done for today. tomorrow is another day, I will finish off the edges.

I am looking for advice on oxygenators and other plants (marginals and floating) to put in. As we are stuck in this lockdown I wont be travelling for them.

Do you know of any online shops that are still delivering water plants.

Even better still are there any native oxygenators that I may be able to get in the wild, I live out the country so can go for a walk back the fields and hopefully gather some but I don't know what I am looking for!!!

Any help would be greatly appreciated .

I will put up some pics when I log on with the phone as that's where the pics are.

Thanks a mill

Tommy

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And itís 2.5 foot deep at the deepest


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgot his one


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks like peat.... are you living beside a Bord na Mona bog?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stay away from Canadian pondweed and duckweed as they will just take over.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Tagwex. Yep thatís pure peat.
Iím in west Roscommon nowhere near bored na Mona just gardening on bog.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would anyone recommend or advise against putting wild watercress into a pond
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watercress is nice but it does spread.

But then virtually all water plants spread willy nilly. They seem to spread much more so than land plants.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about marsh Marigold, Flag iris,
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TMAK - There's an old adage that, if you want to start an aquarium, buy a couple of watercress plants and plant them in it. You'll soon have an abundance of insect life. That says that it's one of the best breeding grounds for insects, which must be good thereafter for the fish etc. you introduce subsequently.

I heard of a chap once who made two separate ponds with a small stream running through them both. He filled the top one with watercress and put trout in the lower one. The watercress produced so many insects which gradually washed down into the bottom pond, that his trout thrived and grew on them.

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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2020 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone for the replies

So far I have found water cress, what I think might be water mint and some flag iris that I have put in,

Need to find some oxygenators now, I'm sure things will be back to relatively normal soon and I will be able to order some on line if my search is fruitless!

I have also put a potted canna in as an experiment to see how it does and going to try some other "land plants" soon, thinking of trying some impatiens and anything else that can be grown hydroponically.

Sure the experimenting is half the fun.

I'm amazed after only 2 weeks or so I have had quiet a few visitors, almost immediately some insects came buzzing around and moved in, There is a robin who Is particularly fond of it and we even caught a frog having a dip.
The frog is no real surprise as we live in a bog and have loads of them knocking around but good to see he found his way in.

I still have some finishing to do around the edges but its getting there!



hope everyone is keeping well

Tommy



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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shaping up well Tmak looking good.
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