Start again….

At the end of April I posted this picture of the recently nearly completed new pond.

The new pond on 26 April 2009

The new pond on 26 April 2009

I didn’t make much progress after that. A hectic spring and early summer – busy with Big Pond Dip, the Blue Peter pond makeover, setting up a new research programme on Water Friendly Farming and a myriad other things meant the pond simply had to be on the back burner.

And in the meantime all was definitely not well with the water quality: the conductivity was much higher than I wanted. By the end of last week, when it reached 320, I decided enough was enough.

So out with both baby and pondwater to start again with new clean water.

So here is the pond reset, just before I added the water (I’m writing this on a train and have realised I didn’t download the last of today’s photos). Anyway, the pond is now re-filled with rain water, from the water butts, and the conductivity is back down to around 85.

The pond before refilling today 12 July 2009

The pond before refilling today 12 July 2009

I don’t really know why the conductivity got so high over the last two months. I have a feeling that when we emptied a tap-water filled paddling pool earlier in the summer onto the lawn some of that water drained into the pond.

So now its time to get on with putting down clean washed sand and gravel to provide a substrate, and to add some locally sourced plants.

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