The fish truck is coming today!
The recommended stockers for KY are bluegills and bass, but my pond is less than 30 feet across, I think
too small to fit very many bluegills in, and probably only enough room for 1 or 2 bass. So I'll be buying catfish instead.
For some reason they recommend spraying rotenone on the pond to be stocked and all the area streams (shouldn't it be illegal to put chemicals in streams that will kill ALL the fish for 3-5 days? No wonder native species are disappearing!). I'll be skipping that!
The flyer said I could put 100 channel catfish in an acre
pond if I do nothing, 200 if I fertilize it (with chemical fertilizer - ?) or 300 if I'll feed
them. I'd like to feed them but not that junk they sell with byproducts in it. I read in the tropics they fed cooked rice to the fish, so I'm wondering if there's a sustainable
way to go that route, but also about using some sort of manure to fertilize, maybe soaked in a barrel for awhile to kill off parasites first - would that work? My friend from China said her father raised fish in cages in the river, and fed them leafy vegetables he grew in his garden. I think they were carp but not sure.
We have a seasonal stream here and I've gone several times to collect some baby crayfish to put in the pond. I'm sure there were all kinds of other things in the water that were too small to see, but now the pond is chock full of diving beetles, water boatmen, and dragon
flies are starting to breed there. The dragon flies are really exciting - some kinds will eat many hundreds of mosquitoes every day! They are AWESOME predators!
The tadpoles grew very very fast, there's no longer a black edge to the pond, instead there are tiny frogs or toads hopping away with every step I take. I've seen them 100 feet from the pond already, so they're fanning out and hopefully eating lots of tiny slugs so they can grow and eat bigger slugs. I'm still hearing frog mating calls, and still seeing floating flats of frog eggs, so they're not done yet, either. I think the varieties are changing as time goes by.
My son and I planted (by digging holes and putting in individual seeds this time, not throwing them but we put them in the bare spots) 2 kinds of sunflowers in the bare spots. Then, walking across the lawn
I saw a whole patch of sunflowers coming up right through the thick grass from where the chicken
feed had spilled. So now I'm wondering if the moisture the grass holds in helps the seeds germinate and whether a fast-growing plant like sunflowers could compete well with grass in a field. Maybe I should
have thrown more seeds! We bought a 50 lb bag of the oil sunflower seeds so I think I'll toss some of those out there as well. It should be easy to tell which kind come up because the kids picked the giant kind for the seeds we planted.