Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pond Scum

I have been worried about the fertility of the soil here as it is getting closer to time to plant a garden. Todd has been worried about the algae and leaves in the pond. A friend (Rachael R. from the Delta co-op) suggested to put the algae on the pond. I thought that would be way too much work.

But this week we had a 60+ degree day. The children have been asking when they can go swimming or at least get into the pond. So I made a connection...I told them they could go into the pond up to their knees if they harvested the algae for my garden.

My children would never decline the opportunity to get the water so they agreed. I sent J for Todd's minnow saning net. She returned with her "mucking" boots, his net and his fishing waders. It was quite the site.
J and G used the net. N help land the catch and we all dumped it into a plastic tub. I transferred it into the nearest thing I could find to pull it over to the garden site: a sled. Then I dumped it onto the sand that is supposed to make vegetables this summer.
They had a blast and got plenty dirty. It wouldn't qualify as the first swim, but they got a little wet. Even J outfitted to stay dry slid on an underwater slope and ended up with water in the waders via the armpit. OOOOhh cold!

1 comment:

reikifeet said...

LOL becky!! love the pix! :)

this may be completely irrelevant for your location, but here's what we did when we moved in and wanted a garden. granted, we did start out with *dirt* -- although i'd have loved to trade some of it for your sand! it was the clay that holds water for a week when it rains, then cracks after more than a few dry days.

we found out that indy works with purdue to compost all the leaves that are picked up in the fall -- and that the finished compost is available for FREE about 6 seasons later! so we packed up our shovels, made lots and lots of trips to the landfill, and filled lots and lots of trash bags! we made some raised beds and completely covered the ground inside with newspaper and cardboard before dumping the compost, and we planted directly into it. each fall i still run around and snatch all the bags of chopped-up leaves that i can find, for our own compost bin! LOL