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Water Garden Advice

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Let me invite you to ask questions and get garden advice about water gardens and ponds but do let me encourage you to follow the directions below. Please understand I get hundreds of questions every week (the Net is a big place) and I'm one garden writer doing this work. It also means I've likely answered your question somewhere else on the site and suggest you read the following guidelines.


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3) The question has been answered before (see search box above). Hey - if you don't want to spend time reading the articles and answers we've already done - why would I ask my other readers to repeat themselves.

4) Questions with relevant pictures if possible get answered first.

5) Thank the volunteer or person who answers your question.

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