Monday, November 12, 2007

New Vernal Pond

I woke Saturday morning and decided to rent a tractor and dig a pond.
Just in front of the yellow leaved willow trees.

Seven hours later and we had a new round pond that
is about 50 feet in diameter and about 3 feet deep.

First I tilled the shape of the pond.

Then I scooped off the top soil.

Dumping dirt near an Irish Yew.

At about 1.5 feet I hit the "Semi-impermeable" layer of clay that lines the valley. The soil color changed to light gray and the ground got real hard. The boys were excited all day inside looking out the windows towards all the tractor noise,...

Uschi came out and shot across the "yard" to the big pile of dirt.

Uschi was excited !!!

He zoomed back through the shallow hole.

I'll show you how to drive this thing,...

Vladi checks out the transmission
of the sleeping tractor.

I think this should be a little deeper.

Vladi checks out the dirt pile.

The dirt goes here,...

Vladimir and

Uschi kept running along the top of the dirt pile.

V & U chased each other around the pond
as Tanji watched from a distance.

Uschi just kept on running.

Vladi watched.

Finally Uschi took a break.

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Daisy said...

Are there going to be FISHIES in there?!?

Tanj,Uschi&Vladi said...

The "pond" is probably not going to support fish, as it will dry up every summer. We will need to figure out how to handle any mosquitoes that might develop in the spring. We are hoping it will eventually supply some habitat for ducks, etc. during the winter/spring.

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

That is one hellaciously big litter box you've got there!

Tanj,Uschi&Vladi said...

Uschi likes his own space,... >;-)

Anonymous said...

Here's a site that has some suggestions on controlling mosquitos in ponds. Of course they are selling some of the products they suggest, but they also offer up some natural suggestions that you might find useful.

As always, love the pictures of the boys and it's great to see how you're developing your property!