The Water Garden (Fancy Name For A Pond)

After admiring the gardens and backyard fishponds of some of our friends and family, we finally decided in May 2001 to try it ourselves. 

I will tell you up front that I am NOT an expert on this subject. I was not a gardener. I had never grown anything more than a decent patch of weeds. Nor was I into fish. I have never even owned the obligatory childhood goldfish bowl. 

To be honest, the whole idea of gardening was (and still is) somewhat daunting. Whenever I talked with a gardener, it seemed like there was so much that one needs to know about plants, fertilizers, insects, soil, pruning, planting, phases of the moon and who knows what else. 

However, I decided that flowers and plants have been growing forever without any help from human experts and if I stuck a few of them in my yard they might just survive even if I didn’t know what I was doing. 

I have always enjoyed spending summer afternoons and evenings sitting in my back yard and watching the birds and squirrels feasting at my feeders. Besides, I have a fairly good sized yard just growing grass that I have to cut. So I thought, “Why not?” 

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What follows is my experience and lessons learned in installing a pond and garden in my back yard.  It is in no way meant to be an authorative guide on ponds. There is a lot of much more experienced and expert advice available than I could possibly provide. 

All in all, it was (and is) a wonderful experience. I never dreamed that my wife and I would enjoy it so much. I wish we had done it years ago.

I Take The Plunge


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