We are harnessing the power of water to restore, rehabilitate, and rejuvenate our property and make it more attractive to wildlife. One way to do this is to make a lot of ponds! The ponds catch and store rainwater so it can be used by plants and animals instead of just running off the land. We don’t use pond liners so that the water can eventually sink into the water table to recharge it.
We are making all sorts of ponds and trying different pond building techniques.
Our very first pond was built in February 2015. It’s our biggest and deepest pond. It was build by hand by 6 people. We wanted Pond No. 1 to be deep so it would hold more water for a longer time The deepest section is two meters deep.
The workers also built two smaller ponds near Pond No. 1. We learned from these smaller ponds that even smaller ponds can hold water for a long time. It’s not that necessary to make the ponds very deep.
In 2016 Tonji decided that he wanted to build the ponds himself. We bought a small backhoe. He built Pond #4 in March 2016. This pond has a small island in the center. It was very popular with the ducks last year! This pond was later renamed Secret Pond.
In 2017 we didn’t build any ponds. Tonji did some pond maintenance and enlarged Pond No. 3.
This year Tonji completed two ponds and is working on a third! It took him 9 days to build Pond No. 5. This pond has a back “wall” made up of mounded dirt that is supposed to hold water and add depth to the pond. At the other end it tapers out to a shallow overflow area. Tonji thinks his backhoe is equivalent to 4 men digging. This pond was finished quickly with the help of workers to move the dirt out and finish the sides by hand. This pond was later renamed Owl Pond.
Pond No. 6 took only two days to build! It is a small pond that Tonji hopes will provide water for the trees growing by the side. This pond was later renamed Picnic Pond.
Pond No. 7 is still under construction. Tonji says this is going to be a big pond. This pond was later renamed Faraway Pond.
Pond No. 1
built from 25 Feb 2015 to 27 March 2015
current dimension: 17m x 8 m
Pond No. 2
did not measure
Pond No. 3 (in 2019 Tonji said he doesn’t really count this as a pond)
current dimension: 7m x 4m
Pond No. 4 (now called Secret Pond)
built March 2016
did not measure
Pond No. 5 (now called Owl Pond)
built February 2018 in 9 days
current dimension: 7m x 10m
Pond No. 6 (now called Picnic Pond)
built March 2018 in 2 days
current dimension: 6m x 5m
Pond No. 7 (now called Faraway Pond)
started March 2018
still under construction
note: in 2019 we renamed the ponds. We retained the names of Pond #1 and Pond #2. The rest were renamed because I could not keep track of which pond was which!