Time to say goodbye to Biggie

We’re working hard to keep the koi numbers down in Little Siberia. This year I selected five koi to sell/rehome. A young lady bought one of the smaller koi and she was so nice, we also gave her the kohaku listed.  We were going to sell Lily, a very large shiro utsuri but decided to…

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…

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…

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…

and just like that, summer is gone

Once again too busy to properly blog. You’ll just have to read photo captions. Two weekends ago, we donated koi to a local community college with a japanese garden. The garden is very nice and the pond is about nine feet deep. I worry a little bit if our koi will survive since they are…

Keeping Koi is busy work

Lots to catch up on – the koi show, landscaping around the pond and the dahlia garden. This past weekend we had the Upper Midwest Koi Club annual show in Minneapolis. I co-chaired the show with another club member, Ben Brown. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to work on the koi show….

Chickens, Landscaping and a New Koi

We had a pretty busy weekend – exhausting but we got a lot done. I started a new hobby this weekend. I purchased two chicks that will be laying hens later this summer. I was hoping to get a pair of ameraucaunas (they lay blue eggs) but ended up with some reliable brown egg layers….

20 degrees, feels like 10 with a winter storm possible

Winter keeps coming back like a bad penny. The only really nice thing about the chilly temperatures is that I can get the pond digger to be the household handyman and painter. Once the good weather comes back, he’s pretty much outside for good. In between doing random tasks around the house, he has been…