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What did I do to prep this week?
By Bev Sandlin, Executive Editor
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What did I do to prep this week? Well, I finished the 300 gallon rain fed water holding reservior that also works as a
landscape design element! And I even took pictures!
I have a steel roof off the back with aluminum gutters. My problem was that to make the backyard useable I had to create a retaining wall that also has a deck, uhh, don’t know what else to call it. BUT the roof drains right onto the gravel “deck”. Which is heavily fossilized and got me into fossil hunting–yes I drag home yet more rocks…
So, I built a “creek” out of salvaged rubber roofing (lined with fossils of course) from the gutter drain and installed a leftover 300 gallon stock tank as a “fish pond”. Yes, it has two gold fish in it.
Three hundred gallons of fresh, replenishable water from approximately 400 square feet of steel roof—disguished as a fish pond (can anyone say sushi?). AND the flowering plants have only been planted in the last 5 weeks! But they were transplants from mature plants. :-D
So, I feel like this is a win-win. An attractive solution to gutter water that works as a survival mainstay—WATER. No fancy pond pumps for me! I recirculate with an inexpensive sump pump–I’ve used one sump pump for 5 years–it works. And I just used a garden hose from the sump pump to the “stream” to recirculate the water to keep it fresh. Electric goes down, I have sushi and pond shock to keep the water palatable.
And, if needed, it can produce flesh of fish, even in Minnesota—until of course we freeze for the looooong winter. I have a common turn off to drain the pond in the winter if desired. I would like to add a solar pump, perhaps in time. But I do love the sound of the water and the total lack of maintence of a rock retaining wall with a gravel interior–no rotting, staining, etc., etc. And I have even planted herbs in the pockets between the rocks! PLUS not only is it an oasis of pleasure to grill on, but I also raise rabbits and pigeons on the “deck” in a dog kennel–another post… :-D
Harold’s second tour of duty is coming up! Don’t miss the WISDOM of Harold!
And hey, has no one noticed the quote I added!
Okay Patriots, what did YOU do this week to prepare?
A smile for you…
Three minutes of a Bev fantasy! LOL :-D My pond is a survivalist pond done on dumpster diving rubber roofing, a left over stock tank, rummage sale finds, and divided perennial plants. Enjoy!
In God We Trust
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