Winter Makes an Appearance Again

Winter storm Wesley blew through the upper midwest a few days ago and dropped a few inches of snow.  The temperatures are warming up quickly so it’s not too miserable. Just a large number of sticks to pick up in the yard.   The koi are very much into eating again. Depending on the weather,…

Spring Gardening

Pond builder and I have been busy in the yard all weekend. 45 bags of mulch, 20+ bags of leaves and yard crud, 75 fertilizer sticks and most important – refilling the upper pond. We emptied the water from the upper pond into the lower pond and then pumped out across our front yard. The…

Student Judge – 2019 Central Florida Koi and Goldfish Show

This past weekend I had the privilege to be a student judge at the 2019 Central Koi and Goldfish Show. If you are ever in Orlando in March, this is a great show to experience koi and goldfish. You can’t beat the weather, particularly if you live in Little Siberia…and the show is really big….

Spring Thaw 2019

It’s finally feeling like spring and we’ve been able to do a few things outdoors. Spring tree pruning was on my calendar and the pond digger tidied up some of the lower branches of our birches. I unwrapped some of the evergreens and moved snow off of the branches. The lovely weather marks an annual…

Almost the end of winter 2018-2019…

but the koi will stay in the garage a few more weeks. They are all doing very well this winter. The garage itself is about 63-65 degrees and the water is usually around 54 to 56 degrees. No one has gotten sick this winter, no one has tried jumping through the net. The pond digger…

All Japan Koi Show – February 2019

I’m a little behind blogging about the All Japan Koi Show. Hard to believe that only a month ago I was in Japan. I really love visiting Japan – my family in Hiroshima, wonderful food (especially the rice), everyone is quiet and polite on public transportation, so many interesting things to see and hungry koi…

I bought a $10,000.00 koi

Not. Just thought it was an exciting title for a pretty bland blog post. Maybe when I win the lottery. Sidebar: there are many koi kichi types who regularly spend way more than $10K for a koi. More on that topic another day. Not much happening with my indoor koi. Outdoors, it’s just winter in…

Koi Keeping in the Winter

It’s not a very exciting time of the year. Outside it’s just cold and we’re wishing for a little more snow. We have some wild turkeys that must live nearby since they are always walking through the yard several times each day. The pond digger tries a variety of methods to discourage them. In the…

The Replacement – Azukari Adventure Continues

Last year I purchased my first Japanese azukari koi. Kevin Pham (Genki Koi) had been looking for an inazuma pattern kohaku for some time for me and Taniguchi Koi Farm had one available last fall. A price was set including care by the breeder through the following year. The first year of azukari is guaranteed…

“there’s a deer in the pond….”

Just when I thought it was pretty boring around the garden, the upper pond caught a deer. Our yard and pond nets have been covered with oak and maple leaves. I came back from a long weekend in Virginia and thought I saw something in the upper pond. I thought the pond builder had let…

Winter has arrived☹️

This past weekend the pond builder and I started putting everything away for the winter. Saturday morning’s weather forecast encouraged us to pull the pumps, drain some lines and cover our garden plants. I’m getting better at covering the plants each year. I end up wrapping some perennials because the rabbits and deer will nibble…

Japanese Koi and Gardens

It’s hard to believe that two weeks ago, the pond builder and I were just starting our trip in JAPAN! We had a wonderful vacation visiting extended family in Hiroshima, seeing some iconic sites and a little bit of koi as well. This is the time of the year that everyone starts trekking to Japan…