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Discuss, share & enjoy everything that makes backyard fish ponds & water gardens such a unique & enjoyable hobby!

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Latest Activity: Aug 10, 2012

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Welcome, Garden talk bloggers to the Ponds & Water gardens group!

My name is Stephen Blessing. My wife Heather & I are the owners of Green Vista Water Gardens in Springfield, Ohio. We have lived in the Dayton area for nearly 25 years now & both are Ohio State trained horticulturalists (actually classmates of the honorable Mr. Mark Webber!).

After working for many years in local garden centers we started Green Vista Water Gardens in 1996 to fill a void in the local gardening market. We have grown to be a leader in the water garden industry & offer a wide range of informative & educational events thoughout the year at our 4 acre nursery, We look forward to continuing to help Miami Valley gardeners discover & enjoy what is truly Adventure in Gardening ... water gardens!

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Comment by Douglas Gabriel on May 26, 2012 at 8:29am
I have been adding barley straw extract to help control string algae. Does it cause the water to have ate a-like color? Also, does anyone have an opinion about the use of IonGen to control algae?
Comment by Barry Rice on May 13, 2011 at 8:53pm
I have a water detention pond on my property which is supposed to be managed by our Home Owner's Association but due to budget constraints they haven't done much as far as planting any vegetation around the pond. Except for a few cattails the pond is rather dull and unattractive. I'm looking forward to learning about different water plants and landscaping the area around the pond at my own expense.
Comment by Tony Gilliam on February 25, 2011 at 11:22am
I am also putting up a greenhouse. Does anyone have any advice on how to tie the two together? Right now I am thinking that i can overwinter my pond plants inside the greenhouse. I would like to explore the thought of GEO THERMAL to transfer heat to the pond and back to maintain both.
Comment by Tony Gilliam on February 6, 2011 at 2:23pm
Well after much thought, I have finally settled on a location. It is on high ground, in full sunlight. I've been looking at liners and padding to prevent leaks and was wondering if anybody has used rubber roofing as a liner. Also would sand under the liner be OK or is the padding really necessary. It will be mid summer before i get a chance to start on the pond. Thanks for your help.
Comment by Stephen Blessing on September 4, 2010 at 7:32am
Hi William, Yes your cistern could be used. I even once worked with a customer that turned an old cistern into a koi pond!. If the water collected would be fit for drinking generally it should be fine- thanks
Comment by Stephen Blessing on September 4, 2010 at 7:29am
hi Tony,
generally you'll want to place your pond in an area with good drainage & (not a low lying area) so that you can control the environment of the pond easier. full sun is besttoo for plant growth.. lilies, water iris, etc etc.Algae control is no more difficult in sun if setup properly thanks
Comment by William P. Timmons on August 29, 2010 at 6:01pm
I don't have a pond or water garden, but I am very interested in the subject.
i have a large cistern full of water. Could tht act as the water sourcefor a water feature in my yard?
Comment by Tony Gilliam on August 24, 2010 at 3:42pm
I don't have a pond yet. I've got a few spots picked out but I'm not completely sure about where it should go. I've got 25 mutt duck running around here and there is only a childs swimming pool for them, So I'm sure they would enjoy a nice little pond as well. Send me a note if you've got some advice. Thanks Tony
Comment by Stephen Blessing on August 10, 2010 at 10:00am
Thanks for joining the group Angie!
Comment by Angie Dailey on August 10, 2010 at 9:36am
I think this is a good opportunity for me to learn more about this industry- I am a horticulture student myself at Clark State and the entire science fascinates me!

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