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It sure feels like my garden is off to a very slow start. What a Schizophrenic start we have had to the growing season. In just a few short weeks we have had snow, 100 degree temperatures, and a bit of a cold snap.
During this time of the year, Turpin Landscaping receives many phone calls asking about the foam on the surface of their ponds and why their fish are overly active. Assuming that others
had the same questions, I thought it would be nice to take a few lines to address what pond owners are seeing.
Fish reproduce through a method called spawning. Different fish will spawn using different methods but the simple overview is that the female fish will release her eggs into the water while the male fish will release their sperm into the water. This sperm is what causes the foam and sheen on the surface of the water. The extra energy you are seeing from your fish is caused by the male fish knocking the eggs from the female fish. They will use their tails to hit the females against the sides of the pond to knock their eggs loose.
The behavior you see is perfectly natural and you do not need to change any of your pond care habits to accommodate for this behavior. Additionally, if you do not see baby fish, this is also natural. Fish will eat the eggs of others so it is rare for fish to reach adulthood. The most important thing to remember is this is a natural process and your pond will clear shortly without any interference!
In November of 2012 I planted bulbs to start - sorry no pics from the results. Actually move in started gardens at the base of front trees, the side of the garage and driveway. I love
perrenials because; they spread, propogate themselves, eventually growd out weeds, (at least til the fall), add color, texture, interest to our otherwise flat nad boring landscape. Already, neighbors stop to chat and make comments on how nice things look. I just smale and say - wait 'til next year.
I have become obsessed with all sorts of vintage style pails, barrels and crates and was thrilled to find my own little treasure at a local thrift shop for a mere $5! Here are some photos
that have inspired me for both indoor and outdoor uses of different types and sizes of barrels. I would love to get my hands on more for some possible wedding decorations... You can check out my blog at the link below to view the rest of the photos.
Memorial Day is the day set aside to remember those that give us the freedoms we, as Americans, enjoy everyday.It is also the official start of summer and Mr. B breaking out his mad skills on the BBQ grill!
I know, I know. . . it looks like Ma, Pa and Lil Junior have their laundry out to dry, but save the jokes and share the clothesline love. Drying clothes outdoors is great for the
environment, pocketbook and clothing, and now I finally have one.
My laundry room is right off my kitchen and on hot days I can really heat up the house if I'm feeling particularly domestic (okay, so maybe it doesn't happen very often, but the point is that it does happen). While I finally have a main floor laundry, I don't have direct access to the backyard without trekking through the basement. It was my husband who suggested a deck-sized line might work, and that was the all the urging I needed to locate a small 20 foot retractable line for about $13.00 at Home Depot. They also carry a 40 foot version for under $20.00.
The line was super easy to install and is small enough to stay unobtrusive (unless it's strung out across your tiny deck with swimwear pinned along it). I was so excited to hang my laundry on the line for the first time, no matter how it looked (thankfully the neighbors don't have a clear view). Maybe it's because I know it's a great alternative to heated drying or because I can't help but think of my Nannie and her old clothesline; but for whatever reason, it makes me smile. . . and this is laundry we're talking about.