They say size doesn't matter...

Which best describes your pond history relative to size?

  • newbie with a great deal on a preform

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • newbie with a little more money and time; I have a small liner pond!

    Votes: 1 7.7%
  • year old ponder confused by 'everyone wishes their pond was bigger'

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • <5 years and making plans to go bigger

    Votes: 1 7.7%
  • 5+ years with 'bigger pond' shoveling experience

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 10+ years and actively encouraging newbies to 'go for a bigger pond!' like you did

    Votes: 1 7.7%
  • >15 years, sitting with your favorite drink by your LARGER pond, typing up polls like this one!

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • any years experience and stubbornly refusing to believe a larger pond will make you any happier!

    Votes: 2 15.4%
  • you made your pond so large you can't see the other side without binoculars

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • you're looking to make a trade with your significant other so you can enlarge the pond...AGAIN!

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I inherited the size of my pond...I can make it larger?

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • is there a choice for making my pond smaller?

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • my fish made me dig a larger hole--blame them!

    Votes: 2 15.4%
  • Larger? What about more than one? Larger AND More--yep, that's me!

    Votes: 6 46.2%

  • Total voters
    13

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I guess addy is in good company your self and I just keep going and going. The two of you make my pond seem blazea
Haha, I don’t know about your pond looking blazea, don’t think that is possible. Your pond looks like it has been there as long as mine, and hasn’t even been there half the time.
 
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I voted for the "refusing to believe" option, but really I just can't expand my pond further. Neither my yard nor my wife will allow it. So I add waterfalls--I'm up to three now--and work on converting the remaining lawn into "pond border." It is inconceivable to me that I could ever be satisfied with my pond as-is. Every day I get to exercise self-restraint by not fixing or changing or redoing something. Unless I do fix or change or redo things. Or buy more plants and fish.

Speaking of which, fun fact: I "planted" some water hyacinths this year by keeping some of them within a garden-y part of the pond. (Yes, they sprawled out of it, too.) The "planted" hyacinths all bloomed, right through to November. I had one raggedly bloom one time, ever, but this year, in the non-floating zones, they bloomed reliably all season. I never saw anything like it. So now I've got something new to tinker with next year now, along with the fountain I'm adding.
 

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I voted for the "refusing to believe" option, but really I just can't expand my pond further. Neither my yard nor my wife will allow it. So I add waterfalls--I'm up to three now--and work on converting the remaining lawn into "pond border." It is inconceivable to me that I could ever be satisfied with my pond as-is. Every day I get to exercise self-restraint by not fixing or changing or redoing something. Unless I do fix or change or redo things. Or buy more plants and fish.

Speaking of which, fun fact: I "planted" some water hyacinths this year by keeping some of them within a garden-y part of the pond. (Yes, they sprawled out of it, too.) The "planted" hyacinths all bloomed, right through to November. I had one raggedly bloom one time, ever, but this year, in the non-floating zones, they bloomed reliably all season. I never saw anything like it. So now I've got something new to tinker with next year now, along with the fountain I'm adding.
I think I see signs of denial...
 
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I am the: Bought House with small kidney shaped Pond (3 feet x 4 feet) but the liner stopped about 20 - 30cm down the side of the pond... and you had to stick your face into the "hole" to see the pond.... :/ so naturally I had to make it a bit bigger and now have maybe 4m x 3m and its 1m deep, that is slightly raised above ground level with shallow berms... and wish I had made it bigger.... :oops: but I think will just make another pond :p
 
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The "planted" hyacinths all bloomed,
I shared a similar experience in another thread. My hyacinths that had roots touching "bottom" all bloomed, both in the pond and the pondless waterfall. My free floaters never do. That's what I love about gardening - always learning new things!
 

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I shared a similar experience in another thread. My hyacinths that had roots touching "bottom" all bloomed, both in the pond and the pondless waterfall. My free floaters never do. That's what I love about gardening - always learning new things!
I read that too and already started laying out exactly where I'd try this lil experiment next summer! I had great growth this year, what with warmer than usual June and lots of sun, but only got 3 blooms, jammed together and protected by a netting. Plants were probably 2' tall by summer's end! I wonder exactly why they would bloom more if not floating, though? Glad @Spartamets reported this in!
 
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I think the accumulated "dirt" helped, too. I had to literally tug mine out of the pond and they had accumulated a lot of silt. Normally I can just fish them out with a net. This year mine multiplied like crazy so I started tucking them behind rocks and into all kinds of nooks and crannies. Those were my bloomers!
 
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I think the accumulated "dirt" helped, too. I had to literally tug mine out of the pond and they had accumulated a lot of silt. Normally I can just fish them out with a net. This year mine multiplied like crazy so I started tucking them behind rocks and into all kinds of nooks and crannies. Those were my bloomers!
I routinely put in the floaters because I was told their aggressive root systems were great for keeping water quality up. Still believe that but makes me think re blooming that they need more than I'm giving them. An indictment on having too many plants? Maybe. It'll be real interesting next summer though, when I apply some of your tricks re hyacinth. Phosphorus is supposed to be the ingredient that promotes flowers so maybe it's more a matter of not having enough of that available. Green is a result of enough nitrogen, so that should tell me the nitrates are being removed nicely. I might have to do both to get this best of both worlds.
 
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I have noticed that my pond marginals that creep into the landscape are much greener when they are growing in the soil vs the pond.
 
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I have noticed that my pond marginals that creep into the landscape are much greener when they are growing in the soil vs the pond.
Mine look about the same, I have bog plants growing all along a fence now.
 

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