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if there isn't enough water flow i would think that a small duck pond would be a very bad experience... from what i've seen posted here (from Alex) is that they can be pretty messy which to me means you need a fairly big pond to have it able to deal with their wastes/habits... all IMO and from the sidelines... :)
 

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if there isn't enough water flow i would think that a small duck pond would be a very bad experience... from what i've seen posted here (from Alex) is that they can be pretty messy which to me means you need a fairly big pond to have it able to deal with their wastes/habits... all IMO and from the sidelines... :)
I think so too, so their time in the pond would be limited to when they are in the garden doing pest control. They've already introduced so much bacteria in there that the spring is green and stinky. Placing a flake of hay in there today to help combat the algae. Yesterday's rains will have freshened the water a good bit.
 

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Finished a raised bed and planted it with rhubarb. Will likely shove a few other things in there as time goes by. Also planted rhubarb in one of the flower beds that gets full sun and has a fresh layer of chicken compost.

Secured the top of the garden fence with 2 strands of tight wire to discourage hop ups from the chickens.

Got a new cultivator tiller today, but haven't put it together yet. The old Mantis will be sold if this one works out well.

Slowly but surely I'm filling this garden so I can move onto other projects...about a million of them.
 

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That flake of hay seems to be doing something good in that spring...I see definite clearing and changing of the nature of the water. Didn't expect it to work that fast!

Planted the rest of the asparagus today after topping off that bed with sheep compost. Dressed the garden with some epsom salts, planted a few zinnias, worked on the fence some more to keep chickens from seeping in. It's starting to look like a garden again, slowly but surely. It will be a hot mess this year, as I'm just throwing things here and there, no rhyme or reason. Come July/Aug. it will likely look like a jungle in there.
 

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That flake of hay seems to be doing something good in that spring...I see definite clearing and changing of the nature of the water. Didn't expect it to work that fast!

Planted the rest of the asparagus today after topping off that bed with sheep compost. Dressed the garden with some epsom salts, planted a few zinnias, worked on the fence some more to keep chickens from seeping in. It's starting to look like a garden again, slowly but surely. It will be a hot mess this year, as I'm just throwing things here and there, no rhyme or reason. Come July/Aug. it will likely look like a jungle in there.
encourages copapods which will eat algae. :)
 

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A few pics of the raised bed I put up this past week for rhubarb and also the asparagus bed, topped off with sheep DL. New root stock planted in both spaces, filled to the maximum spacing.

The rhubarb bed is 20 ft x 4 ft and the asparagus bed is approx. 30 ft x 4 ft. The materials for the raised bed were from the free skids I got last season. I may add another level of those come fall.

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In the background are a few Brandywine seedlings with half runner beans planted in between. Also has some garlic planted within them. Behind that is the spud area, interspersed with squash, pumpkins, garlic and flowers. The raised bed has a lot of chicken compost in it.

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This one has chicken compost and also sheep compost.

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Not done, by far, in putting in the garden. Lots more to be planted, a lot of compost to be hauled and hay spread, as well as some tillage in some areas.
 

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A few pics of the raised bed I put up this past week for rhubarb and also the asparagus bed, topped off with sheep DL. New root stock planted in both spaces, filled to the maximum spacing.

The rhubarb bed is 20 ft x 4 ft and the asparagus bed is approx. 30 ft x 4 ft. The materials for the raised bed were from the free skids I got last season. I may add another level of those come fall.

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In the background are a few Brandywine seedlings with half runner beans planted in between. Also has some garlic planted within them. Behind that is the spud area, interspersed with squash, pumpkins, garlic and flowers. The raised bed has a lot of chicken compost in it.

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This one has chicken compost and also sheep compost.

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Not done, by far, in putting in the garden. Lots more to be planted, a lot of compost to be hauled and hay spread, as well as some tillage in some areas.
Your garden is coming together. It is a lot of work, but people pay money to go to a gym and run endlessly on a treadmill going nowhere. BORING! We get our exercise, are privileged to enjoy God's beauty AND we will be rewarded with fresh vegetables! Win-Win.
 

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Your garden is coming together. It is a lot of work, but people pay money to go to a gym and run endlessly on a treadmill going nowhere. BORING! We get our exercise, are privileged to enjoy God's beauty AND we will be rewarded with fresh vegetables! Win-Win.
Exactly! My boys and other family think I create a lot of work for myself and they are right....I NEED that level of activity to stay healthy and to get this wt. off me. I have the slowest metabolism in the world, so not only do I have to practically starve to lose wt. but I also have to work harder than everyone else also. That's just a fact of life for me.

But exercise that also yields food for later? You can't get THAT at any gym, for any price!
 

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It's looking good Bee! Nice and organized like me. hahaha

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It just looks organized....wait until everything starts growing, it will be pure tangle and chaos! I just planted all the winter squash and pumpkins all willy nilly and they tend to take over the whole garden before long.
 

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