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Robyn's Pond Blog for June 2018

Last Updated: 7/2/18

1. I did pond chores on 6/3/18 because that is the only time that I have to do them. It was raining, a lot, like three inches over as many hours. I don't let that stop me! I put on my swim suit with long johns over those and sweat pants and shirt over those. After a while in the rain, I had to remove all the clothes because the weight was pulling me down, and I was already wet and chilled. The rain started as a 5 out of 10 but made it up to a 9 out of 10 (cow pissing on a rock). A 10 is "I can't breathe." It was about 60 degrees F when I started but it dropped to the mid-50's by the end of my few hours outside.

The 1800 gallon pond was at 72 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 70 degrees F. I changed the PondMaster filters. I squirted all the filter materials. I squirted out the Biosteps Matala but did not pump it out due to the pouring rain. I sure didn't have to add water to any of the ponds! I put in some additives. I found a pickerel plant and moved that pot to more shallow water.

When I got in the shower afterwards, I thought how weak the water was in comparison to outside!

2. On 6/10/18, it was set to rain hard for the third Sunday in a row so I went out as soon as I finished feeding the animals to do pond chores at 8:30 am. It was 70 degrees F with 100% humidity. the 1800 gallon pond was at 72 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 70 degrees F. There was no need to top off any ponds or water any outside plants, that is for sure! There has been so much rain! There was another few inches the day before. When we had the 5" of rain the Sunday before, and the Sunday before that, it eroded the ground under the big pond's overflow so that the liner sagged down in this new hole. I put two buckets of rocks down in that hole so now the liner is propped back up, and the pond can hold a few more inches of water when full! I squirted off all the filter materials and put in additives. There was a clump of purple pickerel rush floating in the water so I potted that up in to a two gallon pot. I also fertilized the two waterlilies that were the first repotted this year. The newest waterlily came out of the pot so I jammed it back in and put a large rock on top.

3. I did pond chores on 6/17/18, and the weather was actually good for the first time in many weeks! The 1800 gallon pond was at 73 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 69 degrees F. I squirted off all the filter materials, topped off all the ponds, and put in additives.

4. On 6/24/18, I, shockingly, did pond chores. The air temperature was 85 degrees F. The 1800 gallon pond was at 77 degrees F, and the 153 gallon pond was at 72 degrees F. I squirted all the filter materials and the bioballs. I topped off all the ponds and put in additives.

Continue to the July 2018 pond blog.

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