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I’m not sure how many of you know this, but we’ve been trying to dig a pond since last fall.  I had secretly hoped to get it done before the end of fall so this spring it would have filled up with rain water.  No such luck.  We have however had some luck now in digging it.

The “red thing” is my daughter’s sweatshirt, but this is the space we are putting the pond in.  The lower right of the picture is one of the spots we are digging in.  We are also digging just past the sweat shirt where we have a fallen tree broken into two pieces.

There is a little bit more space to the right and left of the picture that will be included in the pond as well. As I said in an earlier post, the dry ground has made digging a little bit easier as since we are digging it by hand the pick we are “cutting” the ground with is going right through it like it’s nothing.

This spot is a fairly natural depression in the ground we came upon when we first cleared this area of trees. Right about where I was standing to take this and to the right of the image is where we are going to put in a small waterfall to help aerate the pond.  The side with the fallen tree will be our shallow end and where we’ll have cattails growing.  We are also going to get some fish when it’s done and filled, i read in a book that it’s a good idea to get a bucket full of water from a local pond to make sure you have the right microrganisims (spelling?) in your water.  Good thing there is a pong across the street that I can get some from then.  I also have permission from the people who own the spot across the street to transplant some of thier cattails into my pond when it’s done.

I imagine it’ll probably take all summer to finish digging the pond out, but I’m not fully sure on that.  We might get done in a month if we keep at it good and not skip a clear day digging.  I guess it’s a good thing we needed to fill in the root cellar we were digging as we’re putting the dirt there.

That’s it for now,

Be Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…

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About rivenfae

A homesteading mom with 2 teens,12 cats, 4 dogs, a flock of chickens. small goat flock and a piggie. Also a dream of a sustainable homestead out in the woods of Missouri.

3 responses

  1. OH COOL! Cattails are such good plants 😉 an tasty too… They’ll keep the pond nice and clean. I see no machines, are you hand digging? My husband is part badger and dug our foundation w/ a D spade. It helps to have class 1 soil, but still… No matter how long it takes it will be SO SO worth it.
    *anna

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