First winter zone 5a... then what?


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After reading some of the threads on this forum and realizing folks in much colder spots than me were able to keep their ponds running all year I decided to do the same. To account for this I got a slightly larger pump than I needed during the build out as my thought was that would ensure enough water was moving fast enough to prevent freezing the pond solid; especially at the mouth of my intake bay.

I'm happy to report thanks to all the amazing information on this site my first winter has so far been drama free! Though there have been a few storms and cold nights where I've thought, "that bay must have frozen". But nope. The fish all seem to be alive and no flow issues at all. I'm unsure how the frogs and plants are :fingers_crossed:


I'm not planning to feed the fish anything until the water is significantly warmer. But I am wondering what if anything should I be doing or getting ready for once winter starts wrapping up? I've heard folks say their bog starts waking up earlier in spring than they expected. I only got a couple plants in before the winter started, are there any bog plants that should be planted at the very end of winter (in dirt gardening what I'd call "as soon as the soil can be worked")?
 
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addy1

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Bog plants don't really care when you plant them, they do just fine and take off
 

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