Grow Vegetables in Winter

You can use so-called “season extenders” for winter gardening to retain some level of warmness for your plants and to protect them from wind and snow damage. This can be:

With this later system, you’re flexible when it comes to size. You can create small row covers just large enough to cover your plants; or you can create a kind of greenhouses, that you’re able to enter and work inside.

The benefits of these systems are, of course, that you use the greenhouse effect to heat up the air under the respective cover. As it will get cold at night nevertheless, best grow cold-resistant plants.

There are winter gardening vegetables that can be planted even in late fall or in the winter months (also when the ground is frozen). In fact, some plants (so-called cold season plants) are meant to be planted rather and will not grow as well if planted late in the year.

The benefit of planting early is that a.) You get healthy, resistant plants and b.) You get your vegetable yields much more early (in spring instead of in summer).

Before planting any seeds, you should always clear your beds of all dead plant material (also autumn foliage), crack the ground open, add compost and till it in. You can use organic fertilizers if your soil has been grown heavily during the preceding year.

You should not grow tubers and roots this early during the year, as they will easily rot from wetness. If, however, you combine the two tips I gave you in this article (cold covers & cold season plants), you can even grow potatoes before their time is due and transplant them into your “normal” beds once the weather gets warm again.

Algae Control

1. Maintain the Ecosystem by Adding Floating Plants

To achieve a fine balance naturally, cover at least half of the water surface with floating plants like water lettuce, azolla, water hyacinth or duckweed. Apart from these, you can even add lotus or lilies. These plants multiply quickly and work as shade for the life beneath. The submerged plant like hornwort keeps the water cool and blocks excessive sunlight and keeps the algal growth at a bare minimum. Adding plants is a necessity because they compete with algae for dissolved nutrients.

2. Love Fishes? Do NOT cram them in one pond

Who doesn’t love to see fish roaming around in crystal clear water? But, ensure that you do not add them in excess in one pond. More fishes would mean more waste (through excreta and food) which would result in the fast algae bloom.

3. Keep Debris at Bay

For algae control, regularly clean the water surface with a pond vacuum, net or with AquaClear Pellets. Because when these dead leaves, debris, and sludge break down, they result in the growth of algae.

Water Primrose Facts

1. Water primrose blooms typically between the month of June and October. Since it is a perennial plant, its lifespan is more than two years. During this time, they act as a rich source of nectar and pollen. As a consequence, flies, and bees get attracted to this plant which results in its further pollination.

2. The plant naturally produces yellow-colored flowers (just like that of the common evening primrose) that grow from axils of the leaves. This flower contains both reproductive organs.

3. The red-green erect stem of water primrose can reach up to 10 feet high. About 33{08e3beb39a2c6268705fbf4e7e872845412e98623a04e5b42945203ad474e8fb} of the stem floats above the water surface and cover a large area with dense floating mats. They are able to cover such dense areas because they propagate through broken fragments, rhizomes, seeds, and runners.

4. The fruit of this water-borne plant consists of a cylindrical capsule filled with many seeds. Aquatic birds and ducks love munching on this seed.

5. This ‘invasive’ plant species serve as a shelter for frogs and aquatic insects.

6. The primary benefit of water primrose is that it has the power to eliminate excessive ammonia and nitrate present in the soil or water.

7. This plant is capable of eliminating its competitors because of its power to prevent the growth of bacteria, algae, and plant. So, the newly occupied area remains almost clear and you can spot only one plant in the region, i.e., water primrose.

8. Due to its dense presence, the plant is capable of changing the water quality. It has the potential to alter the natural ecosystem and reduce the oxygen levels.

9. The unwanted invasive species is also responsible for bringing a change in the amount of sulfates, nitrates, and phosphates present in the water.

10. When you see a colony of water primrose, you must have also experienced an alteration in the normal movement of the fishes and a changed nesting pattern of the birds.

Control Coontail Moss

Let’s understand scenarios that can prevent the growth of Coontail.

1. Reduce the Use of Fertilizer near the water body- Chemicals such as Phosphorus and nitrogen foster the growth of weeds like Coontail.

2. Insert fish- Another effective way of curbing the growth of plant is to introduce grass carp inside the water body. These fishes eat all the weeds and grow tremendously, as a result of the nutrition gained through these hornwort.

3. Apply herbicide- Application of the herbicide is advised in case the plant grows exceptionally in leaps and bounds. Before applying a chemical such as Aquacide Pellets, we suggest that you first measure the area which is infested with Coontail and then apply the herbicide selectively.

Carefully read all the instructions related to the application of herbicide or call with specific questions. Herbicides such as Aquacide Pellets can be evenly distributed by hand broadcast using 100 to 150 pounds per acre.

4. What all You Need.

• Fishes like Grass carp, koi and other effective ones.
• Aquacide Pellets.
• Use shade-Limiting sunlight to the pond also restricts its ability to grow (Aquashade).

Best Season to control this plant – Ideally, herbicides can be best controlled during summers or spring season.

Red Flag

• It’s advised not to cut, pull out or rake Coontail- Unless it is uprooted, Coontail, like Milfoil can re-root by fragmentation.

• Treat the pond in tranches, cure one-third of the pond at a time with Aquacide Pellets every 7 – 10 days. Even application of the herbicide needs to be planned in a periodic manner.

In case you are still in a fix as how to go about treating a large patch, you should call only the experts. They will work out a solution for all your problems related to the maintenance of weeds.

Call experts who can visit your site to determine the extent of damage that can happen if the weeds are not controlled at the right time and offer the solutions to protect you pond and the related species from further impairment.