WEATHER EXTREMES AND POND STREAMS As June ends, Vermont's rainfall for the month has already gone way over normal: 8.33 inches recorded at Montpelier, which is 233% above average. This statistic is staggering, but the image of a gushing stream is commonplace here in the Green Mountain's while drought plagues The Left Coast. Learn about extreme weather and what can happen to ponds.

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.

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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 Life magazine.

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

GET THE BEST POND BOOK


The definitive book on Earth Ponds in a third edition to help celebrate it's 30th Anniversary.

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.

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