my name is Tom, I'm 16 years old, from London living in Ireland. I'm a
keen koi keeper, and have developed an interest in plants. I'd love to
learn some more about gardening and landscaping in general, can anyone
suggest what would be a good plant to start with.
sign into rec.ponds.moderated. I have veggie filters for my koi and live in
Milwaukee where "Sweet Water" http://sweetwaterfoundation.com /
is using fish "water" as nutrients for growing veggies in filters.
My koi are very happy with the veggie filter cleaning up the water. Many of us
rec.ponds.moderated use this system, altho not many are using their veggie
actually grow FOOD. Ingrid
On Tue, 3 May 2011 22:07:13 +0000, koi boy tom
Somewhere between zone 5 and 6 tucked along the shore of Lake Michigan
on the council grounds of the Fox, Mascouten, Potawatomi, and Winnebago
Start by going to the local public library for books on the kind of
plant you are interested in, or general gardening books. Find out
what will do well in your climate and soil before setting your heart
on something impossible.
I would add, get a soil test kit first thing. If you can, you might
also start composting any vegetable matter from the kitchen. Compost
will enhance _any_ soil and it can be as easy as just tossing the
scraps onto the same spot every evening (along with grass clippings
and such). Or you can go hard-core and spend time turning and aerating
and watering it. I bought a couple of recycled plastic compost
containers and while I am not nuts, I do aerate it occasionally.
Really? Serious question here: the least koi boi should know is the pH
of the soil. That would determine whether he (she?) needs to add lime
or not. Are the commercial kits so far off on pH they could give him
Everything is connected to everything, so it really doesn't matter where
you start. Pick something that you want to grow, and grows well in your
region. I suspect a trip to a nursery/garden-center would give you an
idea of what is available. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful
watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches
- Gertrude Jekyll 1843-1932
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the
merger of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini.
Since you're a koi boy perhaps the most logical route is for you to
delve into and focus on water plants. "Koi Boy Tom" is a good name
for a pond business... you'd be in deep doo doo business wise were
your name Christian.
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