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post #31 of 39 Old 04-04-2013, 08:22 PM
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When you are done, can you come do one for me? *big blinky eyes*
I've always wanted a water feature and I love the idea of a container feature too...but my little fishies would become a block of ice come the new year. Taking on an in-ground feature is just beyond my own capabilities
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Sure, you gas up my big pig and I'll come in the fall with a load of pears...then you can send me home with fudge. Lots and lots of fudge. :)
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Wild Heart - How deep did you find you needed to go for your fishies to survive the NY cold?
We made our pond about 4' deep, it's bare-bottom so there's little maintenance we have to do before winter. I can't recommend putting in gravel in with fish, since goldfish and koi are poopmachines and the stones harbor a lot of decaying material --- which is a big problem during the winter. Even though it's cold, things are still going through decaying and releasing waste material.

The fish also get a deicer in the pond during the winter months (why deicers are important can be found here) to ensure proper gas/waste exchange and to keep it from getting trapped beneath the ice.

But make sure to check with your local ordinances, though. Any pond deeper than 3' generally have some regulations. Some counties might require a fence to keep neighborhood kids from falling in and others might need a permit.
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A bit more progress, still a long long way from done. I can't wait until it's finished!
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Oooo its beautiful!!!

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Thanks NB. I'm really anxious too see the finished product. I've been trying to see where I want plants - I'm thinking I want a couple really big potted ferns to put on either side of the filter box to help hide it and water plants oh my, too many too choose from! DH wants to add a small fire pit in the area but I'm on the fence - have a big one in the backyard, seems silly to have 2 to me.
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I've made big progress. Not done but it's starting to look close to done. Going to get a load of stone this weekend to fill in around the new planting so I don't have to look at dirt until they are big enough to fill it in. Stone patio will be the next big step and will likely be a bit down the road as horse stuff is starting to really pick up.

I added color to the water and I'm not real keen on it. It was a teal-ish color and there is far too much green to it for me. I don't want it to look like swamp water..okay, it's not THAT bad but I still don't like it. Once it fades out I will likely leave it natural or put a blue only tint in it.

So anyway, here's where it's at as of this morning. Hid the filter box with boston ferns and coleus in my old metal pail. Easy to move out of the way to get in and clean the filters.
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Under the window my lily of the valley is coming up, can't wait for that smell. Such tiny flowers but such a big fragrance! After they are done blooming for the year I plan to split them up and move a bunch of them.
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In the side planting areas there are "pastas" (hostas, DD called them pastas when she was little and it's kind of stuck because she thinks it's funny now) lilies, some blue fescue and columbine. The fern to the right is just sitting in that spot, not sure where it is going yet. Behind where it is sitting is a hibiscus that gets bright pink blooms. Will get pics when it's in bloom, it's beautiful.
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In the water, blue rush and 2 yellow water irises.
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2 water cabbage for fish to nibble on and maybe lay eggs in and a purple hyacinth.
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The hyacinth will look like this in bloom. They can be invasive in a natural pond but when they go crazy, I will just cut them back. Might even float a couple in a bowl in the house.
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You've made so much progress since your last update, its really lovely. I'm so wanting to do something similar but right now fitting in existing gardening with horses and that boring thing that actually earns the money I can't see how to find time right now. Our evening meal gets later and later
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That looks awesome! I have a dwarf canna that goes in one of my ponds, and a black elephant ear that goes in the other. I can't wait to see pictures when everything has filled in and started blooming.

Good work!

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