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New in the Garden: a Pond

May 4th, 2010

We’re always trying to find ways to make our little gardens an oasis for creatures of all shapes and sizes (minus the big rodent like white tailed deer, we could live without them). We put up birdhouses and put out seed for our feathered friends. We have boards and rocks and upturned pots around the gardens for toads, salamanders and snakes. We have bamboo for native bees and a hive of honeybees. We have saucers filled with rocks and water for all the small insects, birds, and other creatures. One thing we’ve been lacking is a small pond for frogs.

My sister had this pond in her house when she moved in and didn’t want it. My parents took it to their house and installed it in their gardens. After several years they decided they wanted a bigger one. Naturally, this one then was handed down to us. We’ve had it for a year or two and could never decide where to put it (not to mention muster up the energy to dig a hole in our rocky soil large enough for it).

We finally figured out where to put it. Last year we cut down a crabapple tree in the front yard that was languishing. I think it was diseased or something, it never looked healthy and all of our attempts to give it manure and prune it were thwarted by more ugliness and lack of blooms. Last week Mr Chiots decided to dig up the stump. We were left with a large hole and thought it would be perfect for our “new” pond. Sure enough the pond almost fit, a little more digging and it looks like we’ll have a pond in the gardens soon.

My parents have a nice sized small pond and a second big detention basin filled with fish and frogs (photos above and below). We’ll be able to get a few water plants off them and a few tadpoles. I may even buy a fish or two for it. Our nieces and nephew think grandma & grandpa’s ponds with fish are great. Every time they go to my parents for a visit they have to go out and see the fish & frogs in both ponds.

I’m hoping this will help attract even more varieties of species to our gardens. Not to mention it will be a nice feature in the front garden!

Do you have any water features in your garden?

What’s Happening in the Garden?

March 6th, 2009

Yesterday was a beautiful day here in NE Ohio. It was sunny and in the 50’s; just the kind of weather I have been longing for. Naturally we spent the afternoon working the gardens getting ready for spring.
So what garden chores did we do yesterday afternoon? Here are the tools we used.
The supplies we used to complete our chores, all measured and ready to go.
The supplies after we had been working for a while. Can you guess what’s going on here at Chiot’s Run?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.