“Surprise” Update (5/6/13)

003Well, I told you how a cat came into the yard and ate our fish. And, the frogs were either eaten as well or scared off. We had already committed to creating a new backyard pond and since I always try to look at the bright side, I figured, at least I wouldn’t have to keep the fish alive in the transition between the old and new pond. Having live animals waiting for their new home adds a certain motivation to get the job done quickly. And this is not a job I wanted to rush.

I had been wondering what to do with the old small pond. Since I really didn’t have a good place to move it, I was brainstorming ideas of how to re-use it elsewhere in the landscape. I recently purchased some new native plants that like wet soil for the purpose of placing them in or near the pond. But, knowing that I am about 4 weeks away from a completed project, I knew I had to come up with a short-term solution. It occurred to me that I could fill the old small pond with clay soil and plant those wet soil loving plants in there. If I left it in place, it would be nestled next to the new pond and would provide a striking backdrop.

So, I went out to inspect the area and make a plan for incorporating it into the new layout. Upon closer inspection, I say a little something moving in the water. My fist thought was that it must be a tadpole. We have had tadpoles before and it was about the same length. As I started moving plants around, I could see that they were actually baby fish, not tadpoles. Baby fish!! I was amazed. We have kept goldfish in this pond for years and have never seen babies before. If I had tried to raise goldfish, I don’t think we could have. Unbelievable!




2 thoughts on ““Surprise” Update (5/6/13)

  1. I’m going to purchase the items for my barrel water garden. Is it too late to create one in mid-June? Happy Memorial Day!

    • Dear Marcia,

      It’s not too late. In fact, it’s a great time to visit a water garden supplier because much of their stock is in bloom. Let us know how it goes and send pics.

      I have just finished digging and lining the new pond. Watch for more updates soon.

      Happy Gardening,
      The Soulful Gardener

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