Now that the weather has broken and spring is here (last usual frost date is only a couple weeks away) I am setting up my little water garden tub. Last year I had water hyacinth, water lettuce, water lilies, duckweed, and 3 little Comet fish. I tried overwintering stuff in a 10 gallon tank in the basement. The duckweed which started as only a couple little strays eventually covered the surface of the tank. The water hyacinth died off pretty quick. The water lettuce was really close to dying, the 3 left have only a few leaves. The water lilies have beautiful small green leaves. And when we took a trip to Hueston Woods I found some sort of stem floating in the lake which I picked up because it looked like one of those wooden snakes. That is now growing roots and leaves.
So I washed out the container and lost part of the sand I had from last year. Put in some new small gravel and set the waterlilies in the "pond". A couple water lettuce and a handful of duckweek came along with the lettuce. And I put the stem in the "pond". It will be a few days before I can add the fish. I would like to get some more of the hyacinth, those are pretty plants.
I still have plans to put the larger pond forms in the ground, it's just a matter of finding the time and energy to do the digging.