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2011 water feature update

bjs

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Some of you will remember that back in the summer of 2011 I had the good fortune to obtain for nothing two plastic containers which when put together I filled with a sharp alpine mix and planted up.My thanks to Phil (PCW) for supplying the lovely Geranium Dalmaticum.
This brings you up to date with how it looks now
Waiting for some Sun then i may have flowers on the Water Lilly.Which is having its leaves devoured by hundreds of minute snails which I can only think one or two were imported with it when bought laswt year,Any ideas how to get rid of them ? don’t think slug pellets will work.lol

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What a super idea Bjs and how well it has come on :)

21 Jun, 2012

 

i love that Brian, thats really clever ~ brilliant idea!!!

21 Jun, 2012

amy
Amy
 

I love the fact that you can have mini plants round the edge ,it's a brilliant idea Brian , what a shame about the snails , I can't think of a solution to that !

21 Jun, 2012

 

Made a good job of that, looks really nice.

21 Jun, 2012

 

I love it! now I want one Lol.

21 Jun, 2012

 

that looks brilliant, I love it,

21 Jun, 2012

 

That is clever and very effective.

21 Jun, 2012

 

Fantastic idea and good to see the project from the begining.

21 Jun, 2012

 

looks great Brian clever idea :o))

21 Jun, 2012

 

Love it BJs!!, all I can suggest is what i do and hunt the beggars down and dispose of them, i dont use pellets cos I have 3 dogs

21 Jun, 2012

 

that is brilliant,will have a go at that,lovely

21 Jun, 2012

 

What a great idea! So easy and I can see many GoYers cribbing this idea. Thanks for taking the time to show us the whole story, very inspirational!

21 Jun, 2012

 

How clever! Great idea with great planting, love it, now I might copy that idea very soon, thank you.

21 Jun, 2012

 

Cant say i saw the original, but great minds etc. Mine has a gap between the water pot and the outer pot so I am guessing any snails cant get across. I would assume they are living just under those stones

21 Jun, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Stevie & Booboosmur they are water snails obviously did not explain my self very well although tiny it is easy to see they are the Ramshorn type and a lot of them.
I want something to put in the water but no idea what.

21 Jun, 2012

 

ah ok, well Sticki was kind enough to buy me some, including two of the big Ramshorns, which dont seem to have eaten any leaf, probably to busy eating the algea!!

just googlying
Survive in aquariums: Yes
Survive in warm ponds: Yes
Survive in cold ponds: Yes or No (depends on actual species)
Plant eating capacity: Low to Moderate (some larger species love plants)
Algae eating capacity: Moderate to High
Breathing: Pulmonate
Breeding: Hermaphrodites and sexual, egg-laying

personally I would want to keep them maybe give them something they like to eat more!! no sure.
I would clean it out and keep the smaller ones separate in another pot

21 Jun, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Steve at the moment they are little more than the size of a pin head but there must have been close on a hundred on the back of each leaf ,I put a magnifiying glass on them to identify,cleaned most of them off and out of the water came back several hours later and there were a lot more arrived.

22 Jun, 2012

 

I wonder if my eggs i found will do this, interesting, will wait n see

22 Jun, 2012

 

What a lovely idea! :)) Maybe I will copy it :))

22 Jun, 2012

 

great blg, Bjs, and the pictures give a very clear how-to, thank you!

22 Jun, 2012

 

Ah just checked my stuff, my older smaller leaves are on the way out and one looks a bit munched. I just found some small frogs over on the veg patch so will do a blog, i'll include a photo of my pot later

22 Jun, 2012

 

Lovely blog, Brian.
I'm adding to GoYpedia :o)

23 Jun, 2012

 

just re-found this blog! how's it looking now?

28 Mar, 2014

bjs
Bjs
 

Fran, it is all alright two which did not survive the Sedum and the Sempervivum, just too much rain overflowed from the water feature.
B

28 Mar, 2014

 

aww, that's a shame. but at least the lot didn't go

28 Mar, 2014

 

Hello there, Just found this blog. You asked about removing the snails in your water feature.
If you haven't been successful yet maybe this would help.
It cleared my aquarium. Blanch a few lettuce leaves in hot water for about 10 seconds and drop into a cleared area you can see and leave over night. In the morning you will find the chopsy little scavengers munching the decaying matter and you can remove a bunch at once. Repeat till all gone. The local aquarium also told me to search and remove any snails from new plants and swish the plants, roots and all, in salted water for 5 to 10 mins to kill any you have missed. Then rinse in plain water.
I haven't brought new plants yet but the lettuce worked in the aquarium. Good luck

12 Apr, 2014

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