Really looking forward to spring!!!


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The weather just plain sucks, cold, warm, rain, snow just everything. I really want to get the pond up and running. Looking forward to the new native plants coming back. normally I just wait it out but this year I just want to get there already. Snow for tomorrow than cold. I want to sit by the fire with a glass of wine with the stream running. Jealous of all of you that can run the pond all year. Just a little rant :)
 

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Totally agree! Ponds are greening up and the fish are looking for food. The bog is starting to grow but I can't start the pump for it yet until I can clean out the holding area it drains into. Wasn't netted and is full of leaves.
 

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The weather just plain sucks, cold, warm, rain, snow just everything.
I dealt with this winter better than I normally do, but I've reached that point. This is always the worst part of winter for me, because spring feels so close but there's no telling when we'll actually see winter leave.
We've got single-digit highs coming again next week, and there are no signs of spring any time soon.
At least I'm about to start growing my native seedlings in the basement. It's always nice to get that started.
 
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Tonight should be the last single digit temp here, and starting next week we should start to see Spring temps..hang in there a few more days! :)
 
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Tonight should be the last single digit temp here, and starting next week we should start to see Spring temps..hang in there a few more days! :)
My mistake, it looks like this whole week will be frigid cold, then next week we'll be in the upper 30s
 

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The forecast seem to change hourly! Snow, freezing rain, wind. The temperature fluctuations are crazy!
 
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Yeah, I hear you, a real blah time of year where the cold weather is getting quite tiresome. It's been a constant cold here in northeastern PA for several weeks now. Everything is covered in deep layers of snow. Can't seem to keep my truck clean from all the road salt. Got to bundle up every time the dog has to go out too. Whine...whine...rant...rant LOL! Try to laugh, if you don't, you'll cry!
The pond has been frozen over for quite some time now. The only good thing about that is if any tree branches break off, they won't damage anything since it's all protected by the ice! Hope all my buddies are OK under there! Haven't seen them in a while.
 
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I don't even remember the last time I saw the fish....sometime last year, I think it was last year. Maybe it was the year before. I did see one of them hanging out by the surface heater a couple of months ago but he didn't stay - I think the sun startled him back to the twilight under the ice and snow. I may have to drop a camera down there and see what's going on......
 
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I was lucky to see my fish a lot this winter, the cold didn't really start till mid January and even then the pond didn't stay covered for long.
but, this (this year) is the longest the falls have been off, for some reason the skimmers are taking really long to deice
 

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I was thinking of doing the same @mrsclem , but we have a few cold nights coming again, in the 20's, the running bog really cools down the water. No frogs yet, pond is still clear.
 
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I haven't got the courage to do anything drastic yet, but we are having a short string of 40+ degree days so I dug through the ice and snow to find the plug for the aerator and got that going. My hope is that the ambient air will start eroding the ice from underneath. I only run it during the day as the night temps are still in the 20's.
I guess if the aerator does work I'll have to call the dog.......he's laying in the middle of the pond. :)

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he's laying in the middle of the pond.
One of my dopey dogs just decided that this would be a good time to start using the pond as a short cut from one side of the yard to the other. I can see raccoon tracks going across it in the snow, so I'm sure she thinks "hey - what could happen?" Uh... you'll fall in you nut! I told her if she goes in, I'm not dragging her out. I don't think she believes me.

This old guy used to sleep on the pond all the time. He finally did fall through one year and that was the last time he did - I think it scared him worse than it did us!

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So I found an idea I’ll try to make happen this spring. A vertical garden by the pond. If I can get it done right, it’s a good starter idea for the wind block I’ll need when they go to spraying cotton again.
 
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So I found an idea I’ll try to make happen this spring. A vertical garden by the pond. If I can get it done right, it’s a good starter idea for the wind block I’ll need when they go to spraying cotton again.
Always interested in new - different idea's!:)
What's the plan?
 
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Always interested in new - different idea's!:)
What's the plan?
After I get the pond built, I’ll think up the final plans. But first idea is drop 4x4 posts in the ground, make a box about 1’ deep the size of a sheet of plywood. Put in bracers, as needed, with holes drilled for irrigation tubes, line with plastic, fill with soil, cover with weed barrier cloth, cover with lattice. Cut holes through weed barrier, insert plants. Give it 3 weeks according to the video I saw, laying down, for plants to get well established. Then stand it up and attach to the posts, wall, or desired area. Apparently there are also cloth plant hangers for vertical walls, you can YouTube the different ideas. I’m thinking a wall about 6’ high, angled around the pond to get morning sun, but protect it from southern and northern winds. Depending on where it goes, I’ll do a mix of shade lovers, flowers, vines, etc. I might do the plants along the outside edge with herbs, small fruiting plants, strawberries would be good! Adding silicone along the edges of the plastic and along the drainage holes will help keep water damage down. I might try a folding screen design so I can move it as needed, or a door by the porch so I can get in with out going all around.
 
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Cool! Sounds like an interesting project. Please take some photo's as you're building - would love to see how it progresses!
 
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Always interested in new - different idea's!:)
What's the plan?
I have to get the pond done first. Then I can decide. But the simple answer is to make a box about a foot deep, 4 ft wide, and roughly 6 ft long. Add bracers and supports in it for when I stand it up. Line it with plastic, run drip irrigation, fill with soil, cover with weed barrier cloth, then top that with lattice work. Put a plant in each hole of the lattice, give it time for plants to get established, then stand it up. I found the idea on YouTube. If I make several panels of it, with 4x4 posts planted to attach them too, it will be a good wind block against the cotton field overspray. The trick will be to find the right angles to set them at so the pond gets full light when I want, shade when needed, and not block my access to the pond. I’m thinking of plants like ferns, wild violets, forget me nots along the bottom, strawberries along the outside edge, and filling in the rest with a mix of plants. Mostly shorter kinds, which tend to be annuals, but some bulbs would do well if I lay it down for them to pop up each spring. I’ll try it out if I can, I’m also thinking that the corner by the porch could use a permit one propped at an angle, with a support, which would leave access for cats to hide behind. Fill it with lots of cold hardy plants, water it as needed, and enjoy! That corner gets ignored a lot, but it’s also where the access under the house is, water spigot, and might get used to enlarge the bog.
 

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