|Shame pic 1 - inside the pond. Dead.|
|Shame pic 2 - view from the window with discarded chook feeder, toppled garden ornament and dead sunflowers up front|
|Shame pic 3 - view from above|
We built this pond back in November 2010. Here's a littler Littlest Monkey releasing a couple of Murray Darling Rainbow fish. Oh happy days. Sigh.
|The pond in its early heyday|
Sigh. I am a pond keeping failure. Not only have I allowed everything to die in the pond, I have also allowed weeds to grow up all around it. And there is some rotten wandering jew that is starting to wander out of control and cause Wokee the puppy to get all scratchy and itchy. But mostly to my annoyance it is a bloody eyesore and a reminder of my failure right out the back window.
Anyway, I'll stop my whining and let you know that I have decided to clean up that area this week. But I'm just not sure about the pond. Should I give it another go? I love the idea of a pond. I think water in the garden is good for the environment and I know it attracts birds and bugs and dragon flies and all that. But I'm not sure I can be trusted to make it work.
Part of the trouble is this pond is located in a bit of a tricky spot. Lots of shade in winter but quite a bit of sun in summer - which is not good 'cos the sun creates algae. It's also in a spot that in my fantasy ideal garden brain I can imagine a pizza oven... but that isn't going to happen in the near future. I could do a better job with some shading plants I suppose. I also worry about all that water that needs to be used to keep topping that little pond up. And I don't want to spend a lot of money to make a pond work. I won't use electricity, but am not averse to getting a little solar powered pump to aerate the water. And should I risk the lives of some harmless fishies again? Ponds without filters probably do need fish to keep the thing working. Ah decisions. Maybe I should just ditch the whole thing and pop in some plants.