As summer approaches pond fish are at their most active. Being cold blooded they are busy feeding as they prepare for the next winter. The difficulty for pond keepers is ensuring there is enough oxygen in the water as aquatic consultant Bernice Brewster told Ken Crowther.

The weather has been extreme across Australia with floods, storms, power outages and bush fires. Where John Mason lives on the Gold coast in Queensland the wet summer has meant his cucumber and squash have been growing better than ever. However, slugs and snails have caused more damage than in the past.