Our Farm Ponds

joraines(7 Upstate SC)February 19, 2013

I have started a farm blog for our Upstate SC farm, Hampton Road Farms and will be updating progress on our koi pond and our farm pond there as well as our attempt to grow heirloom vegetables and cut flowers this year AND to work toward hosting more weddings. We are currently a hay farm delivering hay to regional farms but our blog will focus a lot on our koi pond. Currently I am fighting the weeds that have taken hold around the perimeter this winter as the pine needle mulch has dissipated, blown or been washed away. I may have to take Cliff and Joann's tip to use ground covers to keep them in check. I would love followers and as I'm not sure I can post links here, if you search for Hampton Road Farms, I would love to have you drop by.

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Well, I suppose the commercial aspects could be an issue, but just the issues of pond maintenance and fish seems like fair game to me. If part of your reason for the koi is a local attraction, then some ground cover would need to tolerate foot traffic.

Since your pond is natural and the ground should be moist, that should allow more selection. I would like to recommend Sweet Flag as a partial pond edger. One clump can be divided into 20 or more plants etc. You couldn't walk on it but it grows very well and could define areas. Actually, it might grow too well in SC.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 9:27AM
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joraines(7 Upstate SC)

I would love Sweet Flag and currently have none. Last year was the first year our pond was 'up and in operation' so to speak and we were able to add a lot of plants, pond plants and marginals and will add many more this year and I hope to locate Sweet Flag somewhere, preferrably from a ponder willing to trade for something I have! Thank you for the suggestion.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 9:41AM
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