This post has nothing to do with the tornado watch, but I would like the record to show that this post title is 100% true. We are, indeed, under a tornado watch until 8 PM this evening. I don't know why the National Weather crowd issues these watches, though, to be perfectly honest. Nothing ever happens! It's not like we are down in Oklahoma or Mississippi or New England or something. Those people get on the news regularly with one exciting weather-related story after another. I really think it is a bit much, actually. We are blessed with
Earlier today, after my exercise, I spent a couple of hours in the garden. Oh yes, you read that correctly: after my exercise. Those in the Know will not be surprised to learn that I have been very hard at work 4 mornings per week at Curves! Mind you, it feels like an utter waste of time since I never seem to lose an ounce nor have I lost any inches
I was planning to finish the pond story in this post
When I returned from my travels last summer, a sinister and very unwelcome "guest" had taken up residence in the pond. A snapping turtle. It had decimated what little plant life had begun to eke out an existence in the pond. Not only had it destroyed the flora in the pond, but it had also devoured all of the tadpoles and any unwary frogs which happened to wander foolishly into the pond's murky depths. And I do mean "murky depths". After that dreadful animal took up residence in the pond, it befouled the water with its wastes and, because it had eaten every other living thing, flora and fauna alike, there was no way for the pond to recover by filtering the wastes by cycling through plants, pond animals and good bacteria. The bloody turtle had eaten everything up!
Here are some photos (not of our pond, unfortunately, because I was too disheartened last summer to take any photos here) which show the deleterious effects that a 6-8 inch snapping turtle can have on a pond (sensitive readers, please shield your eyes):
Yes, it was like a clip out of a horror movie.
Anyway, I've just had to have the landscape firm in again to drain the ponds and power-wash all of the gunk left behind by the turtle (which either left last fall - the vicious, slimy interloper! - after destroying the pond and eating itself out of a home, or was ushered out by the crew once the pond was empty of water - hopefully, none too gently!) before refilling with fresh water.
This isn't the easy, quick restart that it might sound like. A pond takes years and years to become (close to) a fully naturalized ecosystem, but the very first thing to understand is that the biggest part of that process is cycling water. After that darn turtle putrefied the water in the ponds, a year and a half of cycling was down the drain (literally!). Refilling with city water means a pond full of chlorinated water, which, as Those in the Know no doubt have already realized, is not hospitable to pond plants, pond animals and most of all, to the helpful bacteria which are crucial to a healthy pond ecosystem.
Nevertheless, I am undaunted by the challenges before me! My Friends in the Know are well aware of my characteristic resourcefulness and indomitable spirit! I have been studying pondology assiduously over the winter and into the spring and
expertise, but I am nothing if not
Anyway, I am too busy (what?) today to write anymore. I have two flats of portulaca to put in around the patio pond. Scott
Good Day to All!
ETA: This post was begun yesterday afternoon, but I was