Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Walking Around The Homestead: The Pond
At last the pond. It is rapidly shrinking as our dry season rolls on. So far, the water quality is still good and the fish are okay, but I am getting a little nervous about their future.
After tropical storm Frances, I would have been underwater had I stood in this same spot. It is the nature of our sandy FL soils that ponds go up and down, so this fluctuating pond is normal. A "drawdown" is really good for a pond. It allows the organic muck that builds up on the bottom to be dried and oxidized. Later, when the pond refills, it's more productive. Of course, I don't want to lose my fish, so I am hoping for only a partial drawdown. I am blessed with a layer of grey marine clay beneath this pond that holds water pretty well.
This series of posts ends here. You'll have to scroll down to Wednesday's first post to start the walk.
Posted by R.Powers at 9:04 AM