What Did I Do the Prep This Week?

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Benjamin Franklin

Excuses are the nails that build the house of failure!



What did I do to prep this week?

By Bev Sandlin, Executive Editor

I would like to thank everyone who has contributed this week! Great job! And I would like to invite YOU to contribute you thoughts, ideas, and comments. Please email me at bcfossillady at gmail dot com

What did I do to prep this week? Well, I finished the 300 gallon rain fed water holding reservior that also works as a

Gutter running to pond.

Gutter running to pond.

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.


300 gallon stock tank.

300 gallon stock tank.

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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