Wildlife Attraction

Plentiful earthworms and water draws the thrushes and robins.

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Designing a Pond

Lessons Learned I love almost everything about my little pond (about 10' x 7') but I certainly didn't build it perfectly. There's probably a reason people make their living creating ponds for people who can't do it themselves... Mosquitos Latest lesson is about water movement. Guess what? The movement of 1000 G per hour at … Continue reading Designing a Pond

Evolution of the Pond

This project started with last year's chafer beetle damage. Initially I thought I'd take out the grass and plant a native/wildlife garden with three birch trees front-and-centre. For some heretofore unclear reasoning, I decided on a pond instead. So I waited for spring, and then started to rip out the grass. Literally "rip" it out; … Continue reading Evolution of the Pond

Garden Water Use

Rodale's water use infographic: It's not a bad thing to review your water use, and it's certainly a good thing to manage your garden responsibly. But I have a few comments about this graphic: Why would California governor Jerry Brown be proud if you were "growing nothing in your yard"?┬áNot even a joke. I guess … Continue reading Garden Water Use

Rainwater Harvesting 101

I read the following brief article on Rainwater Harvesting on Rob Thibault's website, TBO's Green Landscape Systems. I asked if I could repost it here, and so here it is: Rainwater Harvesting 101 Rainwater is one of the most precious resources in the world. Fortunately here in B.C. we are gifted with an abundance! Unfortunately, … Continue reading Rainwater Harvesting 101