April 12, 2005

Today's Pond Q&A

Dear Pond Owner,

Here are some interesting comments and suggestions from some of our readers this week:

First off, this reader has a natural and effective solution for getting rid of aphids. Last week, another pond owner had written in about a problem he was having with aphids on his lilies - so if you ever have a problem, here's what you do...

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"Several years ago I came across a homemade remedy for aphids that is the best I have found. The recipe is quite simple and safe.

Put a pinch of Chewing Tobacco in a pint of warm water and let set overnight. Do not cover.

Mix 2 Tablespoons tobacco juice and 1 Tablespoon Listerine in 32 ounce spray bottle and fill with water. Add 2 drops of dishwashing soap. Be sure and add soap last.

Spray on any of your pond plants as needed. This has never hurt any of my fish or plants."

Sharon from Oklahoma

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*Scarecrow Solutions*

"Our Scarecrow works wonders keeping opossums, raccoons and squirrels from our fish and pond plants.

We too became frustrated at being doused when we forgot to turn off the sprayer, but we have the solution! The hose from the Scarecrow is attached to an automatic sprinkler solenoid. The output from the solenoid's transformer is connected to an X-10 relay (Smarthome.com or RadioShack) that allows easy on/off control by a push-button remote control transmitter.

The ultimate control is via an X-10 timer which automatically turns the Scarecrow relay on at 6PM and 10PM so that the pond is not left unprotected if we forget to turn it back on after turning it off for feeding, etc. The system has been in place for 6 months, and works like a charm.

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Thanks for the comments folks...

You can learn more about the scarecrow here:
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/scarecrow

If you have any pond-related tips or suggestions to help keep your fellow pond owners, feel free to send them in. Since it's almost winter for many parts of the country, and since many people can't really enjoy their ponds right now - why not spend some time learning more about them?

Happy pondkeeping!

Brett Fogle

Posted by bfogle at April 12, 2005 05:23 AM
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