Clearing the Pond- Part 1

MrGillis and I have been talking about cleaning up our pond system since we landed eyes on the property.

It’s been overgrown like this for as long as MrGillis can remember, and the land had been in his family for generations.

Well, happenstance worked in our favor yesterday. The local tractor dude, Mason, had his tractor on back of his truck at the local eatery where he works, where we just so happened to order lunch, and we never order out. Turns out he was doing some bush hogging up on another road in town and we asked if he’d mind coming down and doing the roadside lawn in front of our ponds.

He got there around 2:30 and went at it til 4:30 and goodness we are happy with the results.

It’s a million times better but still needs a lot of work. We spent a hour after supper cleaning up old plastic shopping bags, dead wood, random metal, and a thousand other little pieces of plastic.

We tried to rake it up into piles for burning but the roots systems are still hanging on tight so we need to burn the whole field I guess.

The pond needs a good cleaning too- there is at least two tires that we can see getting sucked down in the muck.

With the lack of rain, we’re low enough to try and pull them out now that the path is clear. Just add that to the ever growing list of things we’re trying to accomplish before Thanksgiving. 

But anyway, this was something we’ve wanted since we moved in, it’s no where near done, but we think that it’s a practical improvement as the very least. We can see people as they drive by and they can see… well you’ll just have to wait til we reveal the very big deal coming up.

So until next time, have a wicked good day!


Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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