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…

It’s Spring on the farm

No koi yet but we finally have koi equipment in North Carolina. One of our RDFs, some pumps and assorted pond building items made their way south in March. The pond builder put up some shelves and we will hopefully break ground on our next trip to the farm. Watching the koi on Arlo is…

It’s a new year

…and COVID is still here, cancelling all sorts of 2021 koi events 😩. If it wasn’t for our new farm in North Carolina, it would have been an extremely boring year. We have been doing a lot of heavy duty yard work (which you can see on another page of the blog ) and the…

Early Winter Woes

I’m not doing too well with my koi this winter. I lost two of my largest koi to illness and another koi is recovering from a mysterious injury/infection. On our last trip to our North Carolina home the pond builder was looking at the indoor pond camera recordings and he said “I think we have…

Winter is around the corner in Little Siberia

The end of summer means goodbye for some of our koi. The Normandale Japanese Garden is always happy to receive some free koi and the primary caretaker enjoys koi keeping. This fall we took four koi to the garden. It’s a little sad to move koi along but I always feel good knowing that I…

Some koi will not be wintering with us

It’s almost September and time to start thinking about who is going away. My indoor koi pond in the garage holds a limited amount of koi. Since we had some koi come home from Japan this year and bought some tosai for fun, some of the koi will never make it to the garage pool….

Closing a pond

Today was a sad day. The pond builder started the process of closing down the lower pond. He’s very sentimental and puts a lot of love into pond building. This pond demanded annual painting and he had just finished re-doing the side boards. Since the koi like to play under dripping water, he put an…

Lifestyle : koi keeping and gardening

The pond builder and I are coming up to 10 years in Little Siberia. He’s been learning along the way and has created multiple outdoor ponds, multiple indoor wintering ponds and planted a lot of trees and shrubs. The work never really ends and we love watching our little half acre grow and change. Our…