This weekend we are grabbing the last warm days of the season to clean our pond. We will do a complete water exchange. Emptying it out allows us to make corrections to the sloping floor so the plants (and I) don’t slide. That means pulling up part of the liner.
We will remove the stones surrounding the pond; take out the pond plants; and temporarily rehome the fish, frogs and other wildlife in there.
There are snails and tadpoles for sure. The snails we will see but the tadpoles are very dark and hide. I’m hoping I don’t lose too many. It’s taken all this time to develop a small population of frogs. I don’t want to lose them.
The fish should be fine. Where can they go? It’s not like they can get out of the holding tank and take off down the street.
The pond store suggested thinning the herd but we all know that’s not going to happen. They have names. Who would I pick? Sushi anyone?
My small pond isn’t a lot of work – backwash the filter and occasionally check the water quality. It’s not necessary to feed the fish. They survive on the algae, plant roots and other things in there.
It’s not like a pool where you want to be sure the water is pristine.
Fish pee and poop there. You won’t catch me wading around barefoot or drinking the water although a lot of the neighborhood critters do.
This is an end of the season job. (Really sad sigh!)
Today the beloved husband picked up the last of the corn on the cob from our local farm stand. (This is very emotional for him.) They are closing for the season.
With the corn ending; the pond getting winterized; and the need for blankets at night; we are definitely moving into the cold weather season. Next week I will pull out the tomato plants and annual flowers and replace them with pumpkins.
I barely remember summer. I think she stopped in for tea and left shortly thereafter. I wonder if it was something I said.
How was your summer? Short? Hot? Fleeting?