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“All of a sudden I had the revelation
of how enchanting my pond was” ~ Claude Monet
When it comes to running your homestead, there’s plenty of work to do. Not only do you have to maintain your orchard, fields, outbuildings and vegetable garden, but you also need to raise and nurture your animals. You definitely don’t need anything else on your plate!
Well, sadly, you do. You need a pond!
The effort involved in adding a pond to your farm or homestead is more than worth your while. Though you might not have considered it, a pond could be the one thing your homestead is missing. And, while a project like this can increase your workload at first, you can be sure it’ll make your life easier down the line.
The fact is, the right type of pond can offer a whole host of benefits to your homestead. Of course, getting this right is more complicated than digging a hole and filling it with water. You need to consider all sorts of things, like depth and shape and placement before finding pond success. We learned that the hard way!
But it’s so worth it! If you aren’t convinced that the workload is worth it, read on to find out why you could be wrong.
You don’t need me to tell you how important it is to water your fruits and vegetables. You probably spend vast amounts of your day, every day, doing just that!
But, what if I were to tell you a well-placed pond could take care of things for you?
With a bit of work, you could free up more than half the time you spend on watering maintenance right now. That is a goal worth having, if you ask me! All you need is an irrigation system from your pond. The main thing to bear in mind is that you want to set up on high ground. That way, you can install a gravity-fed irrigation outlet pipe to your garden, orchard or flower beds.
You might possibly also need to invest in a pump, especially if you aren’t able to put a pond in higher than what you want to water. But the chances are that it will more than pay for itself with the time it frees up.
Mmm, dead fish!
I know it sounds gross, but fish waste and carcasses provide a fantastic free source of fertilizer. This is an excellent way to keep your soil healthy for a long time to come. Unlike synthetic options, fish fertilizer must be digested by bacteria first. This is good, because it has a much more long-lasting impact on growth and root development.
All you need to do is stock up on a few supplies for a fish pond, such as fish feeders and aeration systems. Then, you can select your fish and give them a good home, safe in the knowledge they’ll return the favor down the line.
Though you might not believe it, ponds are also fantastic for insect control.
Admittedly, they can also be hotspots for mosquitos, but there are steps you can take to keep these at bay, especially if you add fish to the pond. They love to eat the larvae, which both kills the mosquito population and gives you the fish waste I talked about above.
A healthy pond also attracts dragonflies and damselflies, among many other types of beneficial insects. These bugs are fantastic at clearing insect infestations, not just near the pond but also around your property. So, if you can’t stop bugs eating your efforts, a pond could clear things up once and for all.
One thing I didn’t mention before is how truly enchanting and enriching a pond is for your senses and the environment. Putting in a pond can take a great deal of time, energy, and money. But it can repay you far more throughout your life than it costs!
I hope these three reasons help you see how wonderful and beneficial having a pond on your farm or homestead can be!
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