You've found Dan & Rita's Goldfish Pond!
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Summer 2003 - Lots more to see here!
We made it through the drought of 2002!
More flowers in Summer 2001!
Let's see Summer garden 2000
Go back to Summer garden '99
Visit our Winter garden
on Christmas Eve '99
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WHAT'S YOUR HURRY???
Ponds and gardens are for the few minutes (or hours) a day
that you SLOW DOWN.
Stay awhile and smell the flowers!
Grab a seat on the old park bench.
Look, listen, sit, relax!!
You can stay as long as you want but remember these
- You are not allowed to talk or think
about your job while visiting the pond area.
Same goes for students in online mba programs.
- If ya see a flower you like please ask!
I may have starts or seeds you can have.
- If you are tempted to think or talk about your job or online mba studies, go back and re-read rule 1.
- Hey, there IS no rule 4. See how easy this relaxing stuff
is when you set your mind to it??
This is a picture of a tired but happy man and his new (goldfish) pond!
Note the "on my hands and knees" freshly scraped ground. Also note
the new barrel filter a-la garbage can. This was taken sometime in
May '98 and is probably the first day that the "waterfall" was in operation.
Finally please note there are no plants around the pond and very few IN
My wife and I have found new enjoyment in our "old" back yard!!
We added a goldfish pond and surrounded it with mostly perennial flowers.
It was one of those projects that just kept rattling around in the back of
my mind for years and finally came true.
Some people dream about going back to school and obtaining an online mba, others dream about creating a backyard utopia.
If you can plant a tree, dig a 'tater, mow a lawn, or keep up your own
backyard, you can put in your own pond.
If you're interested, there are TONS of pond sites right here on the
A good place to start is google.com and search for the words "goldfish pond".
That'll bring up several pond hits and most pond pages have links to other ponds.
One of the neatest places to visit is the (goldfish-koi) pond news
It's called rec.ponds and there are lots of nice "did it themselves"
folks there to offer you advice and encouragement.
Most browsers will allow you to simply type news:rec.ponds on the address
line and hit enter or you can try Clicking Here
If you have questions, feel free to write me by clicking the "mail dove"
at the bottom of this page. Be sure and mention where you're from.
Wow, check this out!!! I TOLD you building a pond was easy! Just dig a little,
sweat a little, sit back and SHAZAM instant flowers!!
Don't buy that huh? OK, the top picture of me sitting by the pond was taken
in May '98. The one here was taken just 3 months later in August '98.
Sure is a big change, don't ya think?!?
Just so you'll know what you're looking at, the garbage can bio-filter is hidden behind
the tall red canna lilies that are in the center. If you look below Rita's
feet you can just make out the creek stones on the edge of the pond.
This is a reasonable close-up of the pond when it was just about 3 or 4 weeks old.
Note the size of the feeder goldfish. There is one bigger fancy tail that is
about 4 years old. Spent it's whole life in one of those little 2 gallon fish bowls.
He just about went nuts in this BIG pond but he's getting used to it now. Also note
the size of the plants. Small lizards tail at lower right and left(arrow head
shaped leaf). Parrots Feather, lower left (fern looking floating stems).
Water iris at upper right (tall skinny leaf-stalks). Small watercress at upper right
(the one that's not tall and skinny!). 2 pots of lily pads in center.
If you look REALLY close in the upper left you can barely make out one little
clump of floating tropical water hyacinth hiding behind another pot of lizards tail.
NOTE:All the plants are fun but the parrots feather is extra fun because it
opens every day and closes at night. It reminds me of little parasols when closed.
This was taken to brag that our water lilies bloomed. The red one was a gift
from some good friends and the white one was literally ripped out of my father
in laws farm pond. Now note the size of the water hyacinth (lower right and
Here is a close-up of what a "little baggie of feeder goldfish" looks like
after 3 months. I read that you can expect about 1/2 of your
feeder goldfish to die. Well, ours ALL lived but 3. That means instead of
having 10 or 12 grown up fish in our little pond, we now have 20 or so.
That's really too many but what are we gonna do, have a fish fry???
Besides they've sorta grown on us. They will eat out of our hands and they "come
when we call 'em". No kidding, we tap on the edge of the pond liner and they
come running er... swimming!
Note: the water hyacinth have taken over the pond.
By summers' end we had removed four 5 gallon buckets of hyacinth just to keep
the water open a little so we could see the fish. This started with just ONE