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    Backyard corner heaven

    I hope this is the right place. When we first bought the house the yard was disgusting, they had used one back corner to dump garbage and broken glass. It took one whole summer to get rid of 98% of it, we still find some has risen to the surface after a rain or after winter is over. It started out I wanted a fish pond, got a decent one off of Craig's list and we put it in. Found an old hand pump at the flea market and used that for the water entering the pond. The next summer we decided on a small deck beside the pond.
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    The next summer we wanted a pergola on the deck and a little fence to keep the dogs out of the garden. This summer I wanted a larger pond, at least the lowest part enlarged. We couldn't spend $300 on a pond liner right now so I found a swimming pool liner for $20 bucks and hit the local farmers for rocks. Just finished the pond today. While Bill was placing rocks where he wanted them I built a couple of trellis for the cucumbers in the garden.
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    The little fence around the garden, the trellis, the privacy fence behind the pond, and the little raised bed in front of the pond were all built using pallet lumber.
    So....that's what I've been doing with my summer vacation....so far. I've added a before shot of the backyard. This is after we cleaned it up, but before we had built anything.
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    Last edited by Pam Russell; 06-09-2014 at 11:08 PM.

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    Looks like a very comfortable and relaxing place, Pam. Relaxing after the work is done Good job!

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    Love the transformation Pam, great water hole What do you do with the fish during the winter?

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    great looking pool area and deck work pam..
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    I bring the fish inside during the winter. I have a couple of tanks set up in the basement for them. I'm looking into building a inside holding pool down there if I can find a safe way to do it. Has anyone here ever built one or knows of someone that did? It would have to support the weight of a lot of water.

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    Very nice work. Pam. Glad to see you drop by, too.
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    Thanks Vaughn, we've been busy trying to get all the inspections finished up on the house. We passed everything! Of course we had to completely rewire the whole house and add in a lot of outlets, lights and light switches. The house was built in 1897 and they never put in ceiling lights. That means switches for the lights where there has never been switches. It's been fun. Had to put a floor in the attic just so we could safely get to all that peg and tube wiring.

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    Very nice work. Pam. Glad to see you drop by, too.

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    Sure looks like a great place to relax. You did a great transformation. It must be great to sit by the pond and hear the trickle of water and watch the fish.
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    I love it Paul, there is something about the sound of running water and I love watching the fish. I have 2 small koi, 1 shubunkin, and a bunch of goldfish. I want more koi eventually. It's all very relaxing. I can't wait to see cucumber vines climbing all over the trellis. I love to grow things, I've braided rose of Sharon behind the pond and I have a braided white wisteria that I'm just waiting until it's tall enough to plant. I miss crepe myrtle being from the south, so I have a potted one that I take in during the winter. I'm hoping that if I can get it up large enough it might make it through the winters up here. I grow hosta from seed just to see what I get, most of the hostas around the pond are my babies. It takes years but I'm happy with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam Russell View Post
    I bring the fish inside during the winter. I have a couple of tanks set up in the basement for them. I'm looking into building a inside holding pool down there if I can find a safe way to do it. Has anyone here ever built one or knows of someone that did? It would have to support the weight of a lot of water.
    My small pond is about 25" deep at its deepest part. I leave the fish (koi, shebunkins, and comets) in it all year round. The pond freezes over - sometimes 5~6" thick most winters, and I've never lost a fish.

    I keep an air bubbler going all winter, and that keeps a hole open in the ice, allowing gases to escape, and also oxygenating the water a bit.

    I quit feeding the fish when the water temp goes below 50, and they go nearly dormant as the water temp drops to near freezing. The pond volume is about 2500 gallons, btw.

    My biggest problem with fish loss is the occasional blue heron stopping by for a snack.
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