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    When you know how quickly a fish can get ill and...

    When you know how quickly a fish can get ill and die sometimes, it takes a lot for me to even spend more than 150.00 for a fish, lol. I don't have a lot of fish die on me, but the ones that have I...
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    covered ours this year. hoops made of electrical...

    covered ours this year. hoops made of electrical conduit over rebar stakes, 6ml greenhouse plastic to cover.
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    covered the ponds for this winter

    I haven't covered the main pond in years. keep two pumps running every winter to keep holes open in the ice, but that's been it. This year had to cover the new pond anyway, so decided to give the...
  4. Thread: Ginger Harvest

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    they look great craig. I'm not a big fan of...

    they look great craig. I'm not a big fan of ginger in my food, but I sure do love the look of the plants themselves. How much do you think you'll harvest this year? Do you harvest the entire plant...
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    Hmmmmm, here's an interesting article on...

    Hmmmmm, here's an interesting article on freshwater mussels and their reliance on fish for their reproductive cycle. Not sure what damage they may do to the fish. I've copied a bit from the...
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    I always get some of those with every spawn I...

    I always get some of those with every spawn I have. I've always thought they were a grey matsuba
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    very pretty

    very pretty
  8. Thread: Turmeric

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    I like turmeric and it's supposed to be good for...

    I like turmeric and it's supposed to be good for you too. I use it if I want to colour rice and don't have any saffron on hand.

    clm
  9. Thread: Taro

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    I've tried taro before and have failed miserably...

    I've tried taro before and have failed miserably trying to grow it, lol. After seeing these pics I may just have to try killing some more. My they are beautiful plants.
  10. I agree, it's an inviting challenge, lol. Looks...

    I agree, it's an inviting challenge, lol. Looks like we get a little too cold here in winter to make the challenge even greater, plus it's definite dislike of sunlight. It's a nice looking plant...
  11. Craig, here's another water loving food crop for you

    Looks like a challenging crop, but lucrative if you can master it.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29082091
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    I've always used vodka with the prazi. Mixes it...

    I've always used vodka with the prazi. Mixes it far better than with proformC. If you need to treat with the proformC as well, just add it by itself. Have no idea what the shelf life would be...
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    great pictures Craig. All very pretty. clm

    great pictures Craig. All very pretty.

    clm
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    I've given up on Japanese maples here. The coral...

    I've given up on Japanese maples here. The coral bark is my favorite variety of Japanese maple though. This past winter would have killed the hardiest varieties if I had any. Tiger eye sumac and...
  15. Thread: Horrified.

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    I'm far from kidding. they said he is a little...

    I'm far from kidding. they said he is a little kid, not a teenager. Bear or kid, not going to like getting soaked. Lock on the gate is law here if you have a pool or a pond. You're liable if the...
  16. Thread: Horrified.

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    put a lock on the gate to help keep the little...

    put a lock on the gate to help keep the little monster out. One of those scarecrow soakers near the pond might deter him if he does get in and gets soaked a few times.

    clm
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    Igor the pond guardian. Have had him for years. ...

    Igor the pond guardian. Have had him for years.

    http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l148/clmandmm/garden%20critters%202013/DSCF2611.jpg
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    I've used it in the marginal pond plantings in...

    I've used it in the marginal pond plantings in pots in the main pond for years. I also use it for the plants in my floating rafts in the new pond. I wouldn't use it for lilies . A lot of it does...
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    Mine are in full sun in the pond. No issues. I...

    Mine are in full sun in the pond. No issues. I had heard about problems with impatiens last year, but I've been spared having trouble with mine in either pond.
  20. To be honest David, I've fought this battle with...

    To be honest David, I've fought this battle with algae for so long, I'm not sure I want to know why it's gone, lol. I just want to rejoice in the fact that it is. It's not just a summer thing, I...
  21. One of the few places I would recommend you get...

    One of the few places I would recommend you get help from here is Clarke Koi in Scarborough. Randall knows his stuff. He may come out to have a look at the fish to see what's going on. Won't do it...
  22. All of a sudden I no longer have a string/hair algae issue

    I've had to fight with this stuff for years, not just this year. I have no idea why, but there is now none, nadda, zip. I used to have it growing on the lily stems which drove me nuts, I had to...
  23. Thread: wood and stain

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    the stuff around the main pond has been there...

    the stuff around the main pond has been there since the pond was built 2006. No deterioration. It weathers to a light grey colour. I prefer the look of the reddish cedar of course, but won't take...
  24. Thread: wood and stain

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    we used nothing but cedar around both ponds. No...

    we used nothing but cedar around both ponds. No stain, no sealer.
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    Love it. Nothing better than a surprise bloom. ...

    Love it. Nothing better than a surprise bloom. Especially if it's such a pretty lotus.
  26. Thread: How fast it grew!

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    beautiful Kat. That white lily is so pretty. ...

    beautiful Kat. That white lily is so pretty. You are gifted with growing lilies, that's for sure.
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    wow, I have none this year either, but love to...

    wow, I have none this year either, but love to see yours all the time. Keep the pics coming!
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    Thanks so much for your help Kat and Frank. I...

    Thanks so much for your help Kat and Frank. I don't have anywhere that stays around 50 in winter. Our basement stays around 68 just like the rest of the house in winter. I guess I'll just pot up...
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    I know they would never survive a winter here...

    I know they would never survive a winter here Craig, no way, no how, lol.
  30. Thread: Early Harvest

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    ha, ha. me too. Plus the sheer size of those...

    ha, ha. me too. Plus the sheer size of those plants....I would need a bigger pond, lol.
  31. Thread: Duck Weed

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    I can't keep it in the main pond anymore, the koi...

    I can't keep it in the main pond anymore, the koi devour it. I have to net it out of the little pond by the house daily in the summer. It's prolific stuff, small but mighty, lol.
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    plants. Some leeches are plant lovers.

    plants. Some leeches are plant lovers.
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    I agree. Swimming pools are safe, not swimming...

    I agree. Swimming pools are safe, not swimming ponds. The leeches themselves are likely a good food source for your fish. And you're right, salt takes them off you in a flash. Used to get them...
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    yes Kat, these things cost a lot here. 70.00...

    yes Kat, these things cost a lot here. 70.00 each before tax, so it's well worth trying to overwinter them if you can give it a shot. I may try some day bloomers one day. I have some seeds to give...
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    sure look like them to me. that's pretty neat.

    sure look like them to me. that's pretty neat.
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    wow Gary. It's aptly named, lol.

    wow Gary. It's aptly named, lol.
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    Nope, no pump, no airstones. this little pool...

    Nope, no pump, no airstones. this little pool had nothing but two large pots of lilies and a grow light on for 18 hours a day. I would change out a few bucket fulls of water every week. Dump two...
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    First time dividing tropical lilies

    I gotta tell you, a whole lot easier to do than hardies, lol. Every bit as messy though. Unless of course you like mud. I overwintered Trudy slocum and Antares in a pool in the basement. Brought...
  39. Thread: How fast it grew!

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    being the night bloomer freak that I am, I can't...

    being the night bloomer freak that I am, I can't wait to see this one bloom for you. Looks great right now, man they grow fast.
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    I'm a sucker for white flowers. I love that 3rd...

    I'm a sucker for white flowers. I love that 3rd pic. The best thing about lotus is the flowers are a real bonus, but those aerial pads are the thing that scream lotus to me.
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    beautiful. You always have some great pics of...

    beautiful. You always have some great pics of your lilies Frank.
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    I get mine from Smelko Foundry in Milton. ...

    I get mine from Smelko Foundry in Milton. Haven't had to buy any in about 5 years but need to get some this year. Last time I bought it it cost me 25.00 for 50lbs.
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    Beautiful KD. The fish look mighty happy in...

    Beautiful KD. The fish look mighty happy in their new home too. You should post this on this facebook page. I'm sure Terri and Jackie would love to see it too. A lot of the folks from the old...
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    yep, I've got some in my shower filter along with...

    yep, I've got some in my shower filter along with some plastic hair curlers too, lol.
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    I bet it has a wonderful scent too. I have...

    I bet it has a wonderful scent too. I have nothing but old roses. So much more dependable and better scented than any others.
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    Very nice KD. I knew it would be though. How...

    Very nice KD. I knew it would be though. How many gallons did you end up with?

    clm
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    What was the repair?

    What was the repair?
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    turtle that big has to be a snapper. Careful if...

    turtle that big has to be a snapper. Careful if you try to catch him.

    clm
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    Okay, just had a look and got a fix, lol. I just...

    Okay, just had a look and got a fix, lol. I just love the way you put things together.

    clm
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    Gander, need to see some pictures!

    I haven't seen any pics of your pots yet this year. I love seeing those.

    clm
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