Monday, July 20, 2009

Welcome Home!


It's like an episode of Extreme Home Makeover, but for fish, frogs and plants! I was able to catch everyone with relative ease. The frogs were a little harder and the muck that I had to dig around in to find them was a little gruesome, but they've really taken to their new aquatic wonderland!






The fish are incredible happy, they've been swimming all over the place and I've even seen them up under the waterfall doing whatever it is that fish do in waterfalls lol! They seem to really enjoy swimming against the current in the water and have also been exploring the deeper spots in the pond.









I love the waterfall and the sound that it makes. You can hear it all over the yard and it's so peaceful. There is something so calming about sitting out here next to the pond and just watching the fish! It's been a huge job but I'm so glad that we did it.

Of course, there is still more to do but what garden project is ever really done!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Waterfall..


The pond is now up and running! Granted we've got a TON of landscaping to do, but all in due time! The water is cycling now and will do so for the next week or so before we move the fish and frogs into their new digs! I bought some small plants, a dwarf cattail and a zebra rush. I'll be adding my water lilies, lizard's tail and iris soon enough. Stay tuned!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

We're Rocking Now!


Randy stopped and got a truck load of medium and small river stones on his way home this past week (Since the rock places are no longer open on the weekends.) So we had to wait till this weekend to get back at it. The good news was the liner has held water this week and there was no leaking anywhere near the skimmer!

We placed some of the larger stones along the bottom and at each 'step' to help hold the liner in place. Then we started adding the small stones a few at a time. After we get all the rocks in we will get the water fall hooked up so that we can start fully filtering the water.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Progress!




Well as you can see we have a big hole with a liner in it. It's now the end of June and it's been pretty warm out, filling it with water and swimming in it is sounding better everyday!

It took a lot of digging, moving of dirt, rocks and roots to get to this point. It was a mess and of course it had to rain on us numerous times filling the hole with water and making a muddy mess. It made progress slow, because moving that dirt once it is wet is near impossible.

We are off to get rocks for the bottom and for building the waterfall area. Once those are in we will fill it up with water!

Compost is going to happen!

I have had bins, I have had big round compost heaps and they have all had the same frustrating outcome…no compost.  I admit it, I want to du...