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Old 04-15-2012, 10:47 PM   #6226
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Perhaps it's a good thing I looked when I did, as that prompted me to move the location of the bridge footing several feet to the south, where it will have more room.

I picked up three bags of 6,000PSI concrete mix last trip to town, and retrieved said bags from the sailboat earlier today. That, plus I had brought back some garden soil to plant some of the rhodos and azaleas around the pond.

Three more bags will be needed for the opposite footing as well. Looks like more wind tomorrow, so maybe will try for a Tuesday crossing.

Made up a simple form and cobbled together some heavy re-bar for the footing.
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With a small form like this - about three square feet in total - one bag of concrete mix placed on the WETTED ground first will provide enough height for the re-bar.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:51 PM   #6228
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First side all done...looking toward where the header pond will be and across to where the opposite landing will be.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:05 PM   #6229
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Ooooh so glad you are doing a pond. we are gonna be working on that very same type of project this summer! I like it when i can steal your ideas lol
We got turtles the size of a silver dollar three years ago at the beach for our fish tank, who knew they would grow into monsters a foot wide!! so a pond is in order i guess.
I hope everythings going good for you otherwise..best wishes!
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Foot wide turtles! That seems to be pretty big there Leiona. All I have in my pond is little frogs at the moment.

Today I went across to find out about plants for the pond, and there are several things that you can use. Unfortunately, I was two or three weeks early, as the cold weather in these parts has slowed the spring growth from starting.

However, the first thing I can put in the pond is some duckweed. This helps to oxygenate the water and reduce the algae.

The gal at the store that has all the right stuff showed me several ponds, but she said you can't see anything yet as it is barely starting to grow.

One thing for sure, the price of water lilies has sure skyrocketed since I built my last pond...mind you, it was about 35 years ago.

Also got some lovely new Rhodo hybrids for the Japanese garden.

Terrible weather today, wind and rain all day. Hopefully better tomorrow so I can get some planting done.
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Ooooh so glad you are doing a pond. we are gonna be working on that very same type of project this summer! I like it when i can steal your ideas lol
We got turtles the size of a silver dollar three years ago at the beach for our fish tank, who knew they would grow into monsters a foot wide!! so a pond is in order i guess.
I hope everythings going good for you otherwise..best wishes!
Leiona if you have little green turtles that you bought at the pet store, then they are likely not going to survive through the winter outside. They are probably some variety of southern slider, such as "red eared sliders" and are indigenous to warmer climes. If you have "eastern sliders", they are dark, almost black on top, and yellow underneath, but I've never seen those sold in pet stores. I believe they will survive the winter outdoors, hibernating, but designing the pond in a way that makes that possible (deep enough, mud on the bottom, etc.) might be a serious undertaking.
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I will probly winter the turtles inside in a spare tank...and a foot may be a slight overestimate lol...about 6 in or so now.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:04 AM   #6233
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Out working in the garden yesterday when I heard what sounded like a small version of one of the hovercraft coming close by.

It looks like Westcoast Air has a new toy. Haven't seen this one before. They were back and forth for several hours getting used to the new plane I guess.
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A chocolate lily growing up by the pathway in front of the house. It is a native plant here in B.C., but not seen very often. I think they have very specific growing requirements.
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Our big Rhodo by the runner bean bed is on its' way out right now. Hope this continued rain doesn't destroy the flowers too quickly.
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One of the missus' Camellias.
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As promised...I moved the far side of the pond earlier today. Now it is well within its' proper confines.
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When it first started to rain quite hard here early this afternoon, there were bubbles all over the pond caused by the big raindrops. Hundreds of them.

Unfortunately, they don't last long, and by the time I got the camera they were mostly gone.
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But before the rain hit I was doing some screening of the dirt dug out of the bank. Many, many weeds and roots which will find their way to the bonfire.

But got some soil which will need to be mixed with peat moss and bark mulch for the rhodos.
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Sometimes the different reflections in the pond look OK.
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