Winter is around the corner in Little Siberia

The end of summer means goodbye for some of our koi. The Normandale Japanese Garden is always happy to receive some free koi and the primary caretaker enjoys koi keeping. This fall we took four koi to the garden. It’s a little sad to move koi along but I always feel good knowing that I…

Some koi will not be wintering with us

It’s almost September and time to start thinking about who is going away. My indoor koi pond in the garage holds a limited amount of koi. Since we had some koi come home from Japan this year and bought some tosai for fun, some of the koi will never make it to the garage pool….

Closing a pond

Today was a sad day. The pond builder started the process of closing down the lower pond. He’s very sentimental and puts a lot of love into pond building. This pond demanded annual painting and he had just finished re-doing the side boards. Since the koi like to play under dripping water, he put an…

Lifestyle : koi keeping and gardening

The pond builder and I are coming up to 10 years in Little Siberia. He’s been learning along the way and has created multiple outdoor ponds, multiple indoor wintering ponds and planted a lot of trees and shrubs. The work never really ends and we love watching our little half acre grow and change. Our…

Stay-at-Home in Little Siberia

Stay-at-home Minnesota started on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th). Like much of the country, we’ve been amusing ourselves by spending more time on hobbies. The pond builder’s business is still up and running since we make soaps, detergents, an EPA registered disinfectant and now a FDA approved hand sanitizer. However he is working remotely most…

Little Siberia is Thawing

While I would rather be looking at a major garden in Japan, I substituted working in my own garden this weekend. We still have snow on the ground but the weather has been in the 40s and it’s melting fast. I spent much of the weekend picking up old autumn leaves. I also unwrapped a…

Saying Goodbye to some koi

Autumn is here and we have about 6, possibly 8 more weeks weeks before the koi will have to move into the garage. The 2500 gallon pool is positioned in the garage and the pond builder is starting to gather the items needed for filtration. We’ll be setting up something similar to last year’s with…

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…