Hello Everyone - We are pleased to bring you Aqua
Eden's first newsletter! Over the past year we have conducted waterscape
seminars in Faribault, Owatonna, Waseca and Northfield.
We have also had displays at the Steele County Fair, Owatonna Home and Garden
Show, Faribault Home Show, and Faribault Ace Hardware. At all of these pond
events, we have had a sign-up sheet for our upcoming newsletter. We also have
an ONLINE NEWSLETTER Sign-up form on our website. I understand some people
have signed up awhile ago and I wanted to make sure that everyone knows where
this newsletter is coming from! We hope you enjoy this newsletter and learn a
thing or two!
The Upper Midwest koi Club is proud to host this FREE show open to the public. The art of growing
and showing koi is a fast spreading hobby in the water world. Fish from all ends
of the color spectrum will be entered in over 30 display tanks. Pond and koi
vendors will also be on hand to showcase some of the latest technologies in the
industry. There will also be FREE koi health seminars going on during the show.
This exciting new event is bound to be both educational and fun!
Dates & Times:
6010 Lyndale Ave,
Minneapolis, MN 55419
*Note* Jake Langeslag will be at the show all 3 days showcasing his new Pond Vision™ Underwater Camera Systems for Ponds. Be sure to stop by his display and say hello!
We had so much fun at last year's Steele County Fair that we have decided to
come back again this year. We will be located in the same location as last year
(across from the Camel Rides). We will again utilize the slopping hill on the
backside of the race track for a disappearing pondless waterfall. We will also
have experts from Church and Story Landscaping and McKay Nursery on hand to
answer questions about terrestrial plantings. Stop by to learn why FALL is
one of the best time of year to start perennial plants and install water
features! The fair theme for this year is "A Taste of Heaven in 2007". Let us help you
create a little piece of heaven in your own backyard!
Dates & Times:
Steele County Fair Grounds,
1525 S. Cedar Ave,
Owatonna, MN 55060
We are excited to announce Aqua Eden's first ever local Pond & Waterfall Tour! Each year we travel up to the Twin Cities Pond & Landscape Tour and we have a blast! It is always exciting to get ideas for our own yards and to learn more about ponds and waterfalls in Minnesota. However, one complaint we often hear about the Twin Cities Pond Tour is that it is too far away, during the hottest days of the year, and is during the busy summer season when everyone is gone on vacation!
We have decided to try something new - A Moonlight Pond Tour in September.
Hopefully the temperatures will be a little cooler and people will be home from
vacation. Additionally, being that it is a local tour, a lot of long distance
driving will not be needed to see many amazing water features!
Further Details about this exciting Moonlight Pond & Waterfall Tour event (such as the date and time) will be coming in the next few weeks!
This year's national pond and waterfall expo event (called Pondapalooza) will be held in Savannah, Georgia. This is where the waterscape worlds come together from pond contractors, waterfall and pond supply vendors, koi breeders, aquatic plant growers and scientists to share the latest in technologies and techniques in waterscape design and installation. Aqua Eden will be working with of some of the best pond and waterfall installers in the country! We will be working on a large scale pond with multiple waterfalls for the Westin Hotel Golf Course and Spa. In addition to this pond construction event we will also come home with:
Parrot's Feather (myriophyllum aquaticum): Every pond owner can appreciate Parrot's Feather. This simple little plant can benefit your pond in many ways because it adds oxygen to your pond, will uptake nutrients that otherwise may be used by algae, and provides a spawning medium for koi and goldfish.
Planting Instructions: Parrots Feather is extremely versatile. You can either plant it in a pot 3" to 12" below the water surface, or you can simply allow it to float on top of the water. As it grows you may break off the tips and place them in the water. They will quickly grow roots and continue to spread.
Note — If you use the "floating method" you may want to secure the plant to the side of the pond with fishing line or pinch some of the roots under a rock. This will prevent the Parrots Feather from floating into your skimmer box.
Hardiness: Zone 6 — it can be easily overwintered in a bowl of water located by a sunny window. No soil is required. Just remember to add small amounts of water-soluble fertilizers from time to time.
Sun Requirements: Full-sun to partial shade.
For more pictures of Parrot's Feather check out our Pond Plant section of our Photo Gallery
We are starting to approach the season when our ponds and waterfalls are in prime condition. Crystal-clear water, plants spreading by the day, and fish doubling in size. Some smaller ponds may start to get overgrown with a few of the same types of plants or fish schools that are too large for their environment. For the overall health of the ecosystem it is best to thin some of these items out (in a humane way if possible). Also, you may like to try some new plants to get a different look in and around your pond.
We have decided to try a different concept on our ONLINE FORUM of our website - Allowing people to post extra items that they may want to sell, trade or give away free if they receive a nice home. Some good potential items may include: Fish (such as Koi or Goldfish), Water Plants (such as Water Hyacinth or Water Lettuce), Terrestrial Plants (such as ground covers or Moss). These are just a few examples of the many options that could become available.
Log on to our Free Online Pond Forum today and start posting some of your requests!
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