Maybe your SS?
Hope you can sort plants out, they are number coded, just get back to me if you cant understand, its a womans logic!.
SS Lyn? I really can't thank you enough for the plants...and with everything you're going through too.
ohhhhhh lol - I've just got it
You are very welcome Fishy, mum didnt come home anyway!
I have a Bermuda solar oxygenator. One motor died pretty quickly but one has kept going and provides bubbles/oxygen when the sun shines. There's supposed to be a backup battery but hard to keep it charged. I've had some blanket-weed that I pull out but otherwise pretty clear water. I put my plants right into horticultural grit/gravel and didn't use any compost. I have a pretty small pond. (It's a bathtub sunk in the ground but wildlife seems to like it.)
Could we see a photo of your bathtub pond.
I hadnt thought about potting plants in grit only, does anyone else do this?
I saw Monty Don and Rachel de Thame use just gravel I think it was Lyn. Maybe we shouldn't have used soil at all?
As I am in the midst of renovating/ lining a badly leaking concrete built pond I have decided to use gravel only to re pot all my water plants. 3 days of baling out silt from broken containers, etc. has persuaded me. I've always used Aquatic compost before but in fact have discovered that if you have a good root system on the plants ( inevitably with some old soil, etc attached ), you can just gravel them. The detritus which arrives even in a new pond should provide sufficient "gunge" for the roots to get into. Not many are going to be doing much growing at this time of year so I think it is OK. I have emptied a couple of bags of Aquatic compost in the deepest part of the pond and a little on the various shelves. This gives a habitat for all the Dragonfly larvae, Beetles, etc which I rescued and will provide some medium for the plant roots by next Spring.
I don't watch Monty or Rachel but I think I agree with them on this
I posted a picture before in a thread called Ponds. It still looks like a bathtub and the water level always sinks to two inches below the rim but lots of exit ramps and so far nothing's gotten stuck in it. I know it's not gorgeous but we have a small garden and it's more for my enjoyment/the wildlife than for ornamental purposes. I planted some spring bulbs around it. The watercress was started from a few pieces out of a supermarket bag and really took off. The frogs and birds seemed to enjoy it over the summer and so did I.
My pond also has a green slime on it. I've not seen it before on my 3yr old pond. I was thinking of getting a solar water feature/fall. Some also have night lights incorporated and come with a back up battdry. Mine is a wildlife pond maybe 2by1 MT. It would be a small device. I don't see many positive comments about solar pumps at all. I thought it might be quite nice and oxygenate my pond.