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Robyn's Pond Blog for June 2021

Last Updated: 7/5/21

1. On 6/6/21, it was a "nice" 93 degrees F at 1:16 pm. The 1800 gallon pond's water was at 80 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 73 degrees F. I had received just the filter part of the PondMaster system so I rigged that up with my existing pump as the conconction that I rigged up last week was not very good. I changed the PondMaster filters a couple of weeks early as they were pretty cruddy. I squirted off all the other filter materials, put in additives, and added water. It was too hot to do much more.

2. On 6/13/21, it was 77 degrees F at 12:45 pm. The 1800 gallon was at 73 degrees F, and the 153 gallon was at 70 degrees F. I squirted off all the filter materials, put in additives, and barely needed to add water as it had rained a lot the last few days.

I received some pond plants from Tricker on 6/10/21 that I ordered months ago that I had to wait until Sunday to plant. I removed a two gallon pot from the shallows of the main pond with no sign of life, and that was one pot that I used. I put three water hyacinth and three water lettuce in a floating ring above the main pond's main pump. I potted a Noelene tropical waterlily into a 5 gallon pot and put it in the middle/deep area of the pond. I potted up a red flowering Australian canna and decided to put that in its two gallon pot on the pool deck where there is more sun to see how it does. I have never had a tropical canna survive long in the big pond. I potted up some water pennywort in a one gallon pot. I had gotten a tiny piece each of lizard tail and hardy canna thinking that all of mine was dead but it's not. I put each of those in a two gallon pot. I got a free plant. It wasn't labeled but I know what it is and can't remember. It is a tropical though so it won't survive the winter.

3. I did pond work on 6/20/21 at 10:42 am. The air temperature was already 80 degrees F. The 1800 gallon pond was at 74 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 70 degrees F. I squirted off all the filter materials including all the Matala in the Biosteps filter. I put in additives and added water to the ponds.

4. It was already 84 degrees F on 6/27/21 at 11:30 am. The 1800 gallon pond was at 78 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 72 degrees F. I squirted off all the filter materials and the bioballs. I put in additives and topped off the ponds.

My life is so out of control that when I repotted the two two gallon pots of golden club in my pond this day, and I went to enter the data in my spreadsheet, I came to find that I had not repotted them in nine years! NINE! You're supposed to repot every two years, and I used to be able to do that. With my current 8-year-old job with half as many days off, I just never get the work done. The two pots were so root bound, that I didn't repot them in the usual way. I cut the pots off (they would otherwise never come off). I then set the bareroot ball loose in three gallon pots with holes. So, they are sort of planted bareroot. In other words, I added no fresh dirt or fertilizer but now the roots have access directly to the pond water and can pull nutrients hydroponically. So, I'll see how this works. My other option was to pot them in five gallon pots but those are so huge and heavy! They take up too much room. The plants were too root bound to divide or cut up because it's just the one stem and root ball, not multiples. So, I sort of finally got those two plants repotted. Only 30 to go! No, really, I'll never get to them at this rate.

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