Keeping Koi in Little Siberia | January 2020

I haven’t posted for some time now. The holidays and work have been keeping me busy. Plus the koi have been low maintenance and boring.Here’s a quick look at what’s been going on in Little Siberia… Yes, we booked our trip to Japan in early spring 2020. We will be visiting family and the three…

Tosai Thursday and the Impatient Pond Builder

Spring is here according to the calendar but it’s been delayed a few weeks in Little Siberia (Minnesota). Today we actually got some koi and pond work done. Kevin Pham shipped some tosai to me and they all arrived in great shape. I still have two Kase showas swimming around in San Jose and they’ll…

Koi keeping and gardening is still on hold (sad face)

While much of the world is enjoying the start of spring, we are still indoors this weekend. A little snow fell last night and temperatures are only in the 30s. My cousin sent me a photo yesterday taken in the Mihara area of Japan (east side of Hiroshima). The cherry blossoms have started blooming a…

Showa koi and an indoor bakki shower

In 2013 I described koi as red and white, red/black/white, black/white, yellow, copper, tea colored or sparkly. No real clue about varieties, what to buy, where to buy – just interested in some pretty colors swimming around the water feature. Have things changed in the last four years! I have been on a crash course…

Winter 2016-2017 Koi Land is open

The other weekend we brought our koi into the garage. The weather is a little cooler now and there are leaves everywhere…keeping the koi outdoors would have been a pain. We have a friend from college who helped us bring in the koi. While Rob does not keep koi, he was very good with our…

It always looks worse before getting better…

In Minnesota, the little saying must be “April snow showers bring May flowers.” We had a little snow event before the weekend and I’m hoping the chillier temperatures are really on their way out since Spring arrived almost a month ago. We have had a few 50-60 degree teaser days but for the most part…

Cleaning up the ponds

Beautiful weekend outside albeit a little chilly. We spent most of it cleaning up the yard and the pond digger worked on one of the equipment pits. We never got around to covering the pits so we have all winter to decide what we’re going to do. He also has started cleaning up the ponds…

Saving Buttercup

The nice thing about being a member of a local koi club is that there are always a lot of nice people who are willing to dispense some expert advice. Thank you Cheng, Michael, Matt and Michelle – everyone had some good suggestions. Of course the major suggestion was to get the yamabuki to a…

Upper Midwest Koi Club

This year Tony and I decided to join the Upper Midwest Koi Club since we thought it would be fun to meet other people who are interested in keeping koi and building koi ponds. We went to the first meeting of the year yesterday.  It’s a very nice group of people who keep koi for…

The Winter Pond

The winter koi pond is pretty but not very exciting. It’s generally a source of water for the little birds, squirrels and deer.  The sub-zero temperatures have threatened to ice over the pond a few times.  Just to be sure it didn’t completely close up, on the coldest days, we threw a few buckets of…