@bagsmom WOW is all I can say! You outdid yourself woman! It's GORGEOUS! I can't even believe that's the same hole in the ground we've been staring at for months and months! Worth every bit of the struggle!
No. Sadly I couldn't cook my way out of a wet paper bag. When I decided to get married I told the matchmaker that I needed a husband who could cook. She matched me up with some real duds (rather than dudes). I eventually found my husband/live-in-chef online. Used, but in good condition! ;-)Did you collect any good recipes from the back seat you can share?
If ya don't see em they ain't there and that's the story and stick to itThanks to everyone for all the kind words!
Update - Mama deer came by today with a new baby!!!!!! I will have a hard time getting mad when they nibble on my water lilies now. Or not. I went outside to discover one with all the leaves missing. It was in a very hard-to-get-to spot. So I made like a crazy woman and sawed a limb off a tree, then used the branches to make a hopefully too-poky-to-fool-with kind of temporary fence in the access areas. It is a little busy, but otherwise looks fairly cool.
Today my neighbor sort of pushed my buttons. She was questioning my set up and skeptical that my water was moving - and so was worried about mosquitoes. I can totally understand being worried about mosquitoes! But I said - in the three years it has taken me to build this, don't you think I would have thought of that? And planned for it? The water moves in the bog, as it goes down the waterfall. AND it has a little pipe that dribbles water and agitates the surface. There are the two aforementioned waterfalls. AND there is a jet at the far end, moving the water in the direction of the intake bay, which is sucking water down into it. AND because I, too, am paranoid about mosquitoes, I put bits of mosquito dunk in any suspicious areas. There are gazillions of dragonflies flying around and about 30 voracious minnows that think they are piranhas. And tadpoles. And goldfish. I have been looking for signs of mosquito larvae and haven't seen any. This ain't just a hole in the ground, sister! Geez. But I have a cousin who had West Nile so I am really careful about mosquitoes too. I can understand her concern, but she should know me better than that. She is a great person, so I will let it slide.
I was feeding the fish a little bit for my entertainment. It is fun to watch the minnows attack the food pellets! But now I have a little string algae on the plants. That's ok. I will stop feeding and let the fish have some salad for a while.
I still have a lot of rock work to do around the flower beds but things are coming together.
I feel like there are fewer mosquitoes out there, for sure. But in the interest of fairness to my neighbor, I will ask: do mosquitoes need totally still water? Or does a gentle flow allow them to survive? I have visible agitation in some areas, but in others, the water moves smoothly and slowly. I think the minnows get in all those nooks and crannies but I could get some aeration and create additional movement that way.Like bags my neighbor brought up the mosquitos bs as well. I do not have even remotely slow water flow any where. And the one thing I do have is dragon flies
Odds are you are probably breading less than if your backyard was all lawn. The minnows will take care of any blood suckersThey are NOT coming from the pond. I keep checking and I am honestly amazed by that.)
Those little minnows are extremely fun to watch! I am enjoying them! They are very active and busy, busy, busy!from most minnows, I would say no, they won't eat the fry or eggs.
Odds are you are probably breading less than if your backyard was all lawn. The minnows will take care of any blood suckers
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