Category Archives: Gardening

Automated Koi Feeder

So I’m getting too lazy or too old to remember to feed the fish everyday. The pond is running smoothly so I don’t need to baby sit it every day. I am also considering the fact that the cost of … Continue reading

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Koi pond Portland Japanese Gardens

I finally made the pilgrimage from Atlanta to Portland OR to see the koi pond in the Japanese Gardens. The setting was absolutely perfect for a koi pond with streams of water, bridges, and the perfect Japanese Maples and other … Continue reading

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Spring 2012 pictures of my pond

Here are a few snapshots of the pond. The Whole Pond – You can see how shady it is under the bradford pear tree. a close up of the falls a side shot showing the water lilies blooming and the … Continue reading

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Ponds and Electricity

I was doing a little planting around the pond this weekend and manged to cut through my electric line running to the pond. Fortunately the circuit breaker triggered immediately and didn’t shock me. While it was easy repair the electric … Continue reading

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A little winter maintenance

It was a nice warm but breezy day and a good day to do a few chores around the pond. I did my usual weekly filter cleaning, changed the bulb in the UV, and did a little planting. I now … Continue reading

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Water Hyacinth – Pros and Cons

Adding a veggie filter after your bio filter is a good way to use up any remaining nitrates/nitrites in the pond system. Many of us turn to species that grow quickly and absorb any nutrients so that algae has less … Continue reading

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Cleaning out the bog

Today I spent the better part of a hot and humid Sunday morning cleaning out the bog. I removed all the gravel, rocks, and a gross layer of muck. Then washed down the liner and filled and drained it again … Continue reading

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Weekend pond and garden to do list

There are always a few chores associated with owning a pond. If your systems are easily accessed and you have planned well the maintenance is not hard and can be enjoyable. I consider it part of my exercise routine. – … Continue reading

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Pond Plumbing Diagram

I can’t sleep so why not draw a diagram of my pond and its plumbing. Some of this is still in the works. I currently only have one pump which feeds from bottom drain and skimmer and returns some water … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Weekend Projects

On my list of to-do’s this weekend. Fix retaining block wall – Check – Removed 3 inch root underneath the bottom blocks that was pushing them up. Also took opportunity to create a stepped path up the hill. Buy another … Continue reading

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