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The Fish Pond
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This Garden Tour has been Provided exclusively for the AVS by Gary W. Sherwin


             If you were to ask which occupant of the fountain is the most important, that would be impossible to answer.  It depends on your point of view.  You can pick your favorite. It doesn't matter.  Cindy favors the fish.  They are boisterous, comic and active.  With plenty of food and heavily oxygenated water, they have lots of energy and are growing very fast.  I, believe the fish are just there to make nitrogen fertilizer for the plants. (That's why I can sit for hours watching the rascals.)  I can't deny that their antics at feeding time are very entertaining.  We have watched them "beach" themselves in order to get at a morsel of food that has drifted between the stems of the reeds, in water so shallow that it requires that the fish flops along on its side to get to the reward.  Once captured, the food is quickly swallowed, followed by one or two hard flips of the tail, plopping the acrobat back into deep water.  If they detect food on the upper size of a lily pad or water lettuce leaf, they will first try to reach for it, then bump heavily into the plant stem or roots to try to shake it off, then try to knock it off by spitting water at it and if all that fails, they will turn broadside to the obstacle between them and the food and throw water on the leaf with their tail, so as to wash it free.  The only problem with the last technique is that the fish doing the splashing usually has its hard worked for morsel stolen by one of the other fish.  When not being fed, the goldfish dart around the pool, chasing each other and watching the surface.  Woe be to the insect that lands on the water.  It has about a second and a half to escape before becoming lunch.

             During the summer, I have been "harvesting" four to six of the floating water plants per day, in order to maintain open surface area for viewing and feeding the fish.  I have given them to my neighbor and to my brother for their ponds.  My brother feeds excess lettuce to his rabbits and water hyacinth to his sheep.  They relish it.

Ground Level View Of Pond
Colorful & Lively Pond Inhabitants

             I hope you have enjoyed this tour or our garden.  I have had fun putting it together for you.  If you have any questions about anything, do not hesitate to drop me a line at:

                     Gary W. Sherwin
                     sherwin@bellatlantic.net

             Well, that's about it.  I developed this tour for multiple purposes.  To share the joy our garden provides.  To pique your interest in Micro-environment Gardening. And, to encourage you to send us some pictures and a description of your own favorite garden.  Hopefully it includes a few violets.

Sweet Violets To All
Gary, Cindy, Matthew & Stephen
"The Sherwins"

© Gary W. Sherwin American Violet Society 2000

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