Summer is always so nice in Minnesota and we all love the first cooler days of Fall. The koi look prettier in the cooler waters and everything seems pretty nice until the first leaves start to drop. My gardens start looking tired and plants are dying off. I usually try to cut back many of the plants on the warmer weekend because tackling the whole yard on a blustery November weekend is never fun. The pond digger gets busy with building winter indoor koi land. This year we were going to build a hoop house over the upper pond but decided to go ahead and bring the koi into the garage. I do prefer being able to see all of the koi in relative warmth every day rather than trekking through snow and 10 below to maybe catch a glimpse of one or two koi.
Here’s how the koi are faring outside right now. The funniest koi is a shiro utsuri named Super. Super has sumi on his head that changes constantly. He used to have a little teardrop on his forehead, then it changed to a zig-zaggy pattern, then it all receded to white and now he has a funny mustache.
Indoor Winter Koi Land…
The pond digger has been busy getting winter koi land ready. We purchased an above ground pool that’s about 16′ by 9′ and holds around 3000 gallons of water. It just fits into the center bay of our garage and the koi will be brought in from their outdoor ponds this weekend.