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Addy, how is your carnivorous plant garden doing?
Do you water it with water from the pond?
They are growing back nicely. The first thing you see are the flower stalks, then the leaves

I water them from the well, they like acidic water which we have a lot of . They are planted in a mix of peatmoss and sand which helps since peat is acidic.
 

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lol Colleen,love the to die for................. they are actually planted in a dirt bog, full sun. I keep it wet with well water which is acidic.
 
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Thank you.
I was thinking of changing over one of my aquaponic beds to carnivorous using the peat moss and sand with some gravel, as a method of pest control in the greenhouse.
I'm pretty sure the plants wouldn't survive our outside winter, but they may do well in the greenhouse.

Funny Colleen!
 

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Make the mix 50/50 peat and sand, it does not need to be deep, 5-6 inches, they have very shallow roots. Bug eating machines. When you groom them they stink, the pitchers full of dead bugs, rotting dead bugs.
 

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That's a good idea Mitch, you will have to try that in your greenhouse and let me know how it goes. I never had any luck with even the so called Hardy Pitcher plants, maybe my water was not acid enough. I think too they need high humidity. Way far on the east coast of Canada there is supposed to be some naturally growing pitcher plants down there, from what I heard.
 

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They do best if they are dry wet dry wet type cycle. Mine get that pretty good, mainly because I forget to water them and they do get dry, full hot sun area.
 
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It may not work in the aquaponics. PH there is 8. Maybe I'll set up a separate tray like I have for succulents.
I will follow your soil mixture recipe for them though, thanks.:)

I have a misting system in the greenhouse, I should be able to accommodate their humidity needs.
 

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The peat makes it a nice acidic soil. I would just try a few, bet they would do fine.
 
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Love your pond and the fact that you are the one doing it, I don't know why but I am happiest digging in the dirt for gardening or playing with my pond and most people around me act like its a problem that I enjoy getting my hands dirty! Which is more the end result than the actual dirt if I had a Kubota I feel sorry for my grass Lol! Its awesome that you found alot of your rock or even a little. Where in pa do you go, I have been buying from the stone store cause its local and they are nice but I always leave feeling like a fool for paying so much for something that is naturally everywhere
 
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I am the same way, Toy, love working in the dirt, digging up or planting things. Nothing better for a sense of accomplishment than seeing the end result. :) I had to buy most of my rock, too. There are lots of streams and rivers near me, but it's a matter of going down the embankments and hauling the rocks back up. Seems like you get a bunch, then come home and what you got only will cover 5-6' along the edge. LOL Just have to keep going back. I'm slowly but surely going to swap out the natural rounded type of river/stream rocks for the purchased flagstone and square cut rocks.
 

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My grass gets trashed every time I use the tractor. Chews it up. It grows back.
We go up to central city, tons of the flat field stone. A lot of work to haul it back. Load the back of the Yukon every trip.

I did pay for 5 pallets of rock, needed a lot. And a truck load of pea gravel and river rock.
 
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Let me know when you do because I have more of the flat type and want more of the rounded type if I read that right! maybe we can swap, we had walkways all around my house when we purchased it. Also the stone place I go to has bargain bins and I go there a few times a year and get a bunch for cheap. Last time I went they didn't have much though but they also let me go into the other pallets and take a piece or two out of whatever I want for the same price. Someone told me to take a ride up 70 and get it from the side of the road
 

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The rock yard I picked up a bunch from has a bin or two of left over pieces, broken, misc stones. That rock is pretty cheap. The pallets weren't to bad in price either.
 

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I hand picked all my rocks over the last 25 years. Back then the ponds were much smaller so gathering rocks was not too difficult around here. Lots of rocks just sitting on prairie and down by river. It helps that I walk the puppies there daily and pick a few rocks all the time. Time to pick more rocks to finish the Cobbing around ponds.
 

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I did that with my pond in arizona, used to drive to the dry steam beds and pick up some great looking rocks. Nothing much found around here. I walk the farmers field after they plow, find some of the white quartz they plow up and haul it home.
 

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What do you do with the white quartz? I remember long time ago when I was out by Maple Creek Saskatchewan, horse back riding in my much younger days, I found lots of white quartz, but never took any home cause I was young and dumb...
 
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When I was visiting my Mom in AZ, I wanted to rent a semi to take home all the rock! OMG, the dry stream beds (only have water during the "rainy" season) had river rock, nice and round and smooth and all sorts of colors, and tons and TONS of it! I would have picked up all up and tossed it into a trailer bed, had I owned one and could justify the gas to drive it to Illinois. LOL In the end, I took what I could put in my carry on, the one that went under the seat, as I had too many to hoist the other carry on to the overhead bin! The security guy stopped the suitcase, looked at me, looked back at the suitcase, and then said, "What are the rock for?" Smiled and told him they were out of my Mom's yard (well they WERE ... sort of ... if you call half a block away in her yard LOL), and that I had a koi pond at home, and like to bring rock from my travels. He let me keep them. :)
 
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What do you do with the white quartz? I remember long time ago when I was out by Maple Creek Saskatchewan, horse back riding in my much younger days, I found lots of white quartz, but never took any home cause I was young and dumb...
I use it here and there around the pond and bog, out in the gardens anywhere it sort of gets plopped down.
 

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I am duly impressed with your whole project - especially its visual attraction from a distance. Your choice of flora appears "dead-on."

When I construct a stream bed for a client I create a cross-section of a capital "M" over entirely which the EDM liner lies. This method affords me hide the black edge into "side" soil, on which I can cover with large rocks as visual objects and/or into which I plant flora. Engineering wise, these two hidden edges helps to keep ground water from washing away the direct support for the stream/EDM liner/rock, etc., and their banks. If necessary I also will install multi-flow piping (from Varicore), especially on the uphill side of the stream path, to intercept all ground water from trying to pass directly under that stream bed/EDM. All of these precautionary methods are $ expensive, and often clients balk at such "over-kills" initially. However, when they choose someone else, that is fine; at the very lease, I do not lose my reputation or sleep on "call-backs."

Waterfalls can contain many characteristics in their construction and design, as you have well demonstrated, but they all generate the same two results: reflecting light and sound. I try to vary both size and sound given the relative restrictions/enhancements of available slope. [Here, in southeastern Louisiana, "slope" is a foreign word; we are thankful for 1:12 if available.] A tiny, slow drip into a small pool of water can generate a loud sound. [I prefer a small stream just to avoid driving myself nuts similar to my kitchen faucet dripping.] Although I am not sure, I believe that the depth of the receiving "pond/puddle" can change the pitch of the sound generated by the dripping/flowing waterfall into it.

I happily never have "grown up;" I still love damning, changing stream patterns, and creating tiny spaces for small animals and hobbits. Obviously, you are truly enjoy yourself and have set a "play" standard for the rest of to gleefully to follow. Thank you.
 

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