Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Babbling Brook Gets Green

The greenery around the babbling brook has woken up and started to grow. I also added another dozen short to ground cover type perennials. Some plants were chosen hoping they will creep over and into the crevices of the rocks to soften the overall appearance.

All the new pond plants have settled in and are growing too. I need those to also help hide some of the exposed pond liner at the water surface. It was my first rubber lined pond. The proper shelf I needed to place rocks and hide all of the liner was a touch off. Given the cramped space I was in, I did pretty good.

The pond water is growing too. It turned a pea soup green when it first warmed up and has stayed that way. I have treated it with an algicide the three times the bottle said I could, nothing. I put plants in to help clean the water, nothing. Today I gave it a second dose of bacterial enzymes that are supposed to help digest the excess nutrients and had a short chat about over feeding the fish. We shall see. It would be nice to see the goldfish more than when they rise to the surface, which isn't that often. They are a bit skittish.

Overall it is looking good. The land based greenery is filling in. The pond based greenery is growing fine. The goldfish are alive and getting bigger. I have to toss one out of the skimmer every now and again and from fleeting glimpses I know they are double the size or more since they first went in.

Now if I can only get the water to clear up, life in the babbling brook would be perfect.


David - Pinewood Cottage said...

I have a pond. We went to Perry's water garden in Franklin nc and got under water plants. That's what will clean up the water. We also learned to feed the fish at the same spot and the same time each day and to ring a bell. They trained to it really quickly. You might try it.

Christopher C. NC said...

Thanks David. I will look into adding some underwater plants. I can suggest a feeding routine and bell to the fish feeders, though they are so busy and travel so much it would be difficult.

Dianne said...

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Dianne said...

Forgot to say, still an awesome job with the creek and pond!

Lola said...

Love the pond with running stream. Good job my friend.