Edith Stacey wrote:Hi Dale:
Looks like a great project in the works.
There is a short video by Geoff Lawton on edibles to add to a pond, some of which may do ok in your climate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJylRPl1-50
I did grow galangal in my property in Auckland, New Zealand one year, thought I'd lost it to the frost, but it came back the next year with a vengeance, lifting the edge of the raised beds. As well as providing the tubers/rhyzomes extensively used in Thai (and I believe, Indonesian) cooking, a single picked bloom in the house is wonderfully fragrant.
Are there any preventive measures you'd need to take for the invasive and distractive American Bullfrog at your site? They are causing a lot of grief here on Pender eating and decimating hummingbirds apparently and there is active and expensive efforts going on to try to control and then eliminate them. I'm told they are only an issue with ponds in the sun, so presumably that's something to do with warmer water conditions.
Stan Orchard's site has many suggestions on this at: http://www.bullfrogcontrol.com
Will be interested to watch your progress.
Sean Banks wrote:just a thought....have you consider bamboo for your island?.....an island in the middle of a pond would be a great way to contain its spreading.
Adam Klaus wrote:Really enjoyed all the pics from your pond tours around Victoria, Dale. Thanks for taking the time to post up all the photos. Victoria is such a beautiful place. I still remember the impression Butchart Gardens made on me when I was much younger and not even into growing yet. And another large park in Victoria that passed a blissful day in my youth. Good memories.
Good luck on your pond adventures, I get so much joy and satisfaction from the pond I built last year. Just wonderful.
Logan Simmering wrote:I'm wondering, what about using black locust in your hugelponic experiment to ameliorate rot issues?
Dale Hodgins wrote:.....
Willow ----- I'm not particularly enamored with willow but I will include a few large specimens just because it's something that many visitors would like to see. Willow doesn't produce fruit or wood that I'm likely to need. I will not bring in any of the multitude of tiny willows that can invade the edge of the emergent zone and fill it with useless little sticks......