Or why not use some carnivorous plants to keep pests under control? Pitcher plants (Sarracenia), Venus fly traps (Dionaea) and hanging pitcher plants (Nepenthes) make great interesting pest control. Most species prefer warm damp environments so research before you buy.
Keep on top of blanketweed.
One of the biggest nuisances to pond keepers…the dreaded blanketweed. It’ll grow on your plants, it’ll grow on your pump, in fact, it’ll grow on anything! The best way to treat blanketweed if you have a pump and filter is to use treatment. Blanketweed treatment vary and may work via different mechanisms so it is important to check which will work best for your pond
Pond pumps and filters need to be maintained to be kept working efficiently. With blanketweed and other waste sources in your water being at a high this time of year, it is imperative they are taken out and cleaned. Cleaning the outside of a pump will help but a thorough clean of the pump, impeller and connections is an absolute must (your guarantee may even be void if your pump isn’t kept clean!)
Which pond food for when?
Most pond fish (with the exception of sturgeons and a few others) depend on water temperature to determine their metabolism. In simple terms this mean that the ability to digest certain foods in fish such as goldfish and koi will be down to the water temperature of their environment. In hotter temperatures, growth will be a higher priority and a higher protein based diet will be needed to facilitate their higher metabolism. Growth foods and foods with higher protein content & colour enhancing ingredients should ideally be fed once water temperatures have risen above 18 degrees Celsius.
Feed your fruit and veg.
Tomatoes can be feed a high potassium feed to encourage flower production (and therefore fruit). tomorite is always a popular choice for this as it is easy to use. Any fruiting crops you may be growing will also benefit from this feed, whether it be beans, peas, peppers, courgettes…etc.
Tidy and harvest your herbs.
Some of the quicker growing herbs may need to be kept in check this time of year. Mint is a particular culprit! Harvest your quick growing herbs by cutting odd stems out and pruning down existing stems by a third. Some of the more ornamental herbs like chives may be in flower. These flowers are quite unique and make great decorative pieces and are edible! (always research if your plants are edible!)
Basil and coriander can be moved outside now that the weather has become more favourable. Cuttings can be easily taken from both of these herbs, or you can carry on setting seeds to have a continual crop for use.
Give your plants some air!
During warmer days you can move some houseplants outside such as citrus, olives and ficus. Ensure to bring them back in at night to prevent damage by cooler weather. No matter the time of year, its always a good idea to keep glossy leaves clean and free of dust, which could stop the plant from getting adequate light. A damp cloth will work, but restrain from using cleaning chemicals unless specialised for plants such as baby bio leaf wipes.
To repot or not to pot?
Some houseplants that have gone dormant over winter will now be in full growth and as such we can inspect to see if they need replanting. When replanting houseplants, avoid potting out into pots too big, as they can be detrimental to plants that like tight roots, and cause others to push into root growth which in turn neglects leaf and flower production. Research your houseplants to determine which compost/soil mix is best and take your time to remove any decaying matter, knock old soil loose and replant in fresh soil.