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Phil Wiiliams

How to Stock a Fish Pond

Adding deversity to your pond ecosystem
Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 11:48 AM

I installed my 2000 square foot, 6 foot deep fish pond in the fall of 2013. I waited one year for the pond to grow some vegetation, and to begin to support an ecosystem. In the fall of 2014 I stocked a pound of fathead minnows. These are the feeder fish for the bass and catfish that I planned to stock. I wanted to give the minnows a head start, so there would be plenty of them to go around. » Read more

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How to Build an Earthen Pond and Dam Wall

Steps to constructing an earthen pond
Monday, February 23, 2015, 3:19 PM

It is extremely important that you choose your pond site wisely before bringing in the heavy equipment. I addressed how to do this in my pond planning article. In this article, we use the existing topography and soil types to make the best pond site choices. » Read more

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Testing Your Soil for a Pond Site

Understanding your soil before you build
Friday, September 19, 2014, 3:57 PM

If you are planning to build a compacted pond without a liner, it is a good idea to test the soil to determine the clay content. The clay content will tell you whether or not the existing soil can be compacted. If you have clay content of 30% or higher, you can be pretty confident that with proper compaction, your pond will seal. » Read more

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Permitting for a Pond

Legal considerations before you start building
Friday, July 25, 2014, 3:05 PM

As much as I wish we did not have to deal with Government when installing our projects, it is an unfortunate obstacle that we have to deal with. Fortunately, many of the pond types we install in a permaculture setting do not require complicated permits. That doesn’t mean you can just start digging without thinking about acquiring a permit. » Read more

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Installing A Pond

Installing A Pond

Steps for constructing a pond

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5 Reasons To Add Ponds To Your Homestead

A valuable water resource
Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 8:16 PM

5 great reasons to invest in pond infrastructure for your homestead and backyard paradise. 


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Pond Construction Video

Tilt-shift time-lapse shows construction of a man-made pond
Monday, April 8, 2013, 12:30 PM

An amazing video clip that illustrates the amount of energy and effort it takes to build a man-made pond.  As Joel Salatin mentions in our previous podcast with him, the building of ponds are one solution to mitigating drought conditions and hydrating the landscape of sustainable family farms.