Koi Kichi

In America, many koi keepers refer to themselves as “Koi Kichi” – crazy for koi or koi madness. It’s probably more correct to say koi kichigai – but koi kichi works. I am deep into the madness. I am enjoying the hobby of koi keeping, koi appreciation and this weekend I passed my judging certification…

Moving the last two koi to the farm

We have been planning for a few weeks now to bring the last two koi south to the farm. Natsumi (the shiro utsuri, black and white) never travels well. She’s my oldest koi and I thought relaxing in a familiar pond for the summer would be best. We left a companion koi for her, Sangiovese,…

The Problem with Privet (everything)

Just over a year on the farm and our usual weekend activity is battling invasive plants. Chinese wisteria, this is an endless problem but it’s getting somewhat under control. Brambles, getting better. Bradford pear/callery pear, we’ve made a huge dent. Another difficult plant is the Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense). It’s everywhere. Privet can be planted as…

Adding Zen to the farm

Two weeks ago the pond builder mentioned it might be nice to plant some bamboo in an area that we were clearing. Et voilà – we have the start of our new bamboo area. We purchased ten bamboo plants from a nursery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Thank you koi friend Felicia Santos for the…

Farm Life

It’s hard to believe that three weeks ago we had our first koi event on the farm. Pond builder and I are definitely game for hosting a few more koi gatherings here. We had help from local koi friends and a koi vendor from Florida, Bristol’s Koi Farm. Some of the AKJA judges were here…

The Night Before Christmas…

Okay it’s not Christmas but we’re super excited to host a fun koi event on the farm! The amazing thing about koi people is that they’re willing to travel pretty far for a few hours devoted to koi. Judging friends Michelle Gravenish and Gerald Ellison are flying in from Minnesota and California respectively. Michelle even…

Moving to the Farm

Almost one year after purchasing our farm, some of our koi have relocated. They will enjoy softer water and a more temperate climate than Little Siberia. It was quite a production to move the koi. Thankfully the Pond Builder is always up for a challenge. A few days before moving day we stopped feeding the…

First Day of Summer

Good day on the farm today. Our local koi friends helped us set up the new indoor pool for the koi. It was quick and easy with the extra hands. The pond builder is planning to get this pool going over the next two weeks so that our koi can be relocated in July. This…

Late Spring is a busy time

Late May in Little Siberia is always nice. All the plants have settled into the routine of staggered blooms to enjoy. The purple rhododendrons bloom first, then the pink and orange. The bleeding hearts look beautiful for about ten days before turning into nondescript green bushes (really ugly would be a better description). The trees…

I have a koi in North Carolina!

Well technically it’s not on my farm but in a friend’s quarantine tank about 30 miles away. It’s a little yuki asagi that I purchased when Russell Peters of PSKoi went to Japan, January 2021. He was one of the few dealers to get in this year and had to quarantine for 14 days prior…

Spring Projects on the Farm

It really is spring time in North Carolina – complete with a heavy dusting of pollen. Flew home and the first thing I did was to stop at the local koi club’s spring fling. Felicia S. hosted a great event that included USA Koi and a Maryland seafood food truck. It was really nice to…

Stinky work and Koi food hoarding

Spring has arrived in Little Siberia. It’s a few weeks behind our farm in North Carolina but just as pretty. It’s fun to find little surprises like carrots from last year’s seeds, a strawberry plant that overwintered without any special care, rhododendrons that weren’t destroyed by deer and rabbits. Warmer weather always signals opening the…