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So today, we actually got the pond dig started. I’d say 75% dug. Now I get to fine tune, move dirt to make the two steps on the side Dad took too much away, create a ramp for the turtles and frogs I know will be in and out, then will come the hardest part, hauling off excess dirt! It’s all in a heap to the side. Most will fill puppy dug holes, some will go to fill various buckets and planters, the moats forming in the driveway, etc.
so far, I still need to find/ buy a good protector layer for the liner, I’m reusing a pool liner, which should be more than big enough. Excess liner will be the liner for my bog. The bog is up against the side porch wall, will consist of three metal frames bolted together, half filled with dirt to be a base for the bog liner. I’ll then have about a foot of gravel deep. Getting the gravel will be harder than the frame, I’m thinking of raiding the local creek for the big stuff, then a layer of screening, then medium sized gravel, screening, then 4-6 inches deep of pea gravel. My Christmas wish list consists of a 4000gph submersible pump, and a gift certificate for 1 butterfly koi and 3-5 shubinkin. I figure in 5 years, I’ll have shubinkin and koi-kin hybrids to give or sell.
If it wasn’t dark out, I’d be outside working on it now!
 
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I used carpet padding, found some new cheap stuff on sale.

Post the pictures! We wanna see
 
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Ill try to get a picture that shows its size better shortly. Coffee and kitty cuddles first! I thought of your carpet liner addy, and was debating on calling Lowe’s to see if I could get old carpet from them. That’s the only place around that I know of where I may be able to get old carpet.
 

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I used old carpet, layered blankets, quilts, towels, anything soft and fortunately we don't have many rocks or roots and it's sandy soil. Our property used to be a strawberry field.
Maybe your neighbors or people at work have stuff laying around they don't use anymore. Ask at thrift 2nd hand stores as they throw a lot of damaged stuff out w/holes etc.
 
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Shade is making pictures look flat, but here’s so far. I’m taking a break, with a kitty insisting I pet him at my feet, a wild honey bee buzzed me, thinking I might have nectar. So glad to see the bee, that means I still have a colony somewhere near here to fertilize flowers!
 

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Have to cut it short to give a hair cut, then shower myself. One of the boys here starts a new job tomorrow morning, and he requested I cut it. By the time he’s out of the shower, it’ll be time for me to shower, and start getting ready for my day.
 
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