Clematis entwined in an arbor frame the tranquil
Small waterfall adds aeration for koi but does
not disturb waterplants
I always wanted my own pond so in August of 2002 I traded
an above ground pool for a pond. I started digging my oddly shaped
heart pond to find shale. With a backhoe, the pond was dug 2.5
feet in the shallow end near the spitters (a frog and a turtle)
to 3.5 feet deep in its deepest end near the biofalls. I have
a shelf about a foot down going completely around the pond. I
have various water irises, a hawthorne, and several other varieties.
I use floating pots for taro and umbrella plants. Many water
hyacinths and water lettuce plants float freely on the surface.
I also have various plants in the biofalls. Six waterlilies colored
white, red, and yellow are dispersed on the bottom.
My skimmer box is well hidden using real and artificial rocks.
I used about two pallets of rock to surround the edge of the
pond. I have a 5 foot UV light hidden under hostas and clematis.
All the electrical and water lines were run underground from
the house, a half acre away.
Eight koi call this home the nicer months of the year. Last
year a self feeder was installed. It did not take the koi long
to learn how it works.
My pond was built in front of a 30 by 40 foot white picket
fenced-in vegetable garden. Hostas and daylilies set the perimeter
of the pond to my lawn. Lastly an arbor was built to act as an
entrance to my oasis. Trumpet vines, clematis, and morning glories
Koi and waterplants enjoy each other's company
in the Wilkolaski pond.