WHAT IS AN EARTH POND?
Earth ponds are natural earthen reservoirs, often created by excavation and/or damming up a natural soil-based basin, sometimes with the addition of a clay or artificial membrane liner.
Earth ponds can be used for swimming, garden landscaping, raising fish, and more.
This site is designed to give you information as well as provide a way to get expert consulting services and consulting designs when planning or constructing your pond or garden pond.
RETURN to A COUNTRY PLANET
Available again as an eBook after many years
out of print. New 25th Anniversary Edition of Tim Matson’s prize winning
stories of Rural Savvy, Skills, and Survival. Includes Smart Approaches to Water
Issues, from Ponds to Dowsing a Water Well.
Download your copy today.
Reading A Country Planet is a little like
eavesdropping on someone talking to
himself about pigs and hayrakes and listers,
but talking in a wry, corner-of-the mouth style
that makes the eavesdropper snort and whinny to
himself… The general effect is to make you want
to run out and buy a slice of Vermont hillside and
start cutting trees to build your own cabin in the woods
even if you’ve already done it years ago.”
Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize winner and author
of Brokeback Mountain
OTHER ARTICLES by TIM
Bringing Back a Swamp: Discover Ways to Naturalize Wetland Features for Your Pond Read the article.
A Win-Wind Solution: from Tim Matson's article for Backhome Magazine. Read an excerpt.
A Pond in the Woods: Read this article which appeared on the Northern Woodlands website.
Maintaining Pond Spillways:
Know the Basics of a Pond Discharge System: Read Tim’s article on pond spillway
construction and maintenance in Living The Country
MOUNTAIN BREW ON TAP NOW!
In the 1970s, the big name brews like Bud and Coors ruled the roost, and homebrewed beer was as illegal as moonshine. But a small group of Vermonters - people like Tim Matson and Lee Anne Dorr - weren't the kind to let a little thing like the law stop them. They shared their intoxicating concoctions with friends and family, then published the first homebrewer's guide since Prohibition and sold it out of their Chevy Nova. 40 years later here is a new edition with a new introduction. MOUNTAIN BREW is available through Countryman Press - a division of W.W. Norton and Company. Click here to order your copy.
"A slim classic...Even before celebrity craft brewers came along, the hills of Vermont held ernest homebrewers who tackled lagers and ales with vigor. The strangely enchanting little tome offers a glimpse into that world...It might not be the definitive guide to homebrewing, but it's a sweet keepsake of another age."
Seven Days Magazine
GET THE BEST POND BOOK
The definitive book on Earth Ponds in a third edition to help celebrate it's 30th Anniversary.
SWIMMING: POOLS OR PONDS?
Noted Vermont author Bill Schubart makes a good case in his essay about the pleasures of pond swimming over swimming pools. Click here to read it.
THEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT
The Book of Non-Electric Lighting by Tim Matson is available as an eBook for your Amazon Kindle. Click here to check it out.
NEW REVIEW OF THIS BOOK!
"Best guide to safe use of flame-based illumination." Read the entire review on Cool Tools
TIM IN YANKEE?
What's this guy all about? Writer? Pond designer? Father? Elder wisdom from Deadsville? Find out in this lifestyle article. Click here to read it.
There's more really. Vermont Digger digs a little deeper into the pond ponderer.