PONDS AND CLAY
Earth ponds have long depended on soils with a good clay content to help them hold water... here's the scoop on the pros and cons of native and imported clays, and what can happen when good clay goes bad. Read about controlling cloudy water in this month's Pondology
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
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.
“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
Download your copy today.
Dog trainers know that their ponds may tend to be turbid. It comes with the territory.
ADAPTING YOUR POND TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Read Tim's comprehensive article on
ponds and climate change, as featured
in Pond Boss Magazine
Other articles by Tim Matson
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
OUTDOOR WATER SOLUTIONS
FOR WINDMILLS AND WATER
Wind has long been the pond owner's friend because of its oxygen boosting, destratifiying effects. Early on, pond owners learned out how to get air into water with oxygen boosting waterfalls, fountains, and electric powered aerators. Then the breakthrough: what if you could use the wind itself to inject oxygen into the water? Why not a windmill? No motor noise, no energy cost. A few decades ago pond owners began to experiment with windmill generated aeration. Now it's a technology on the forefront of pond management.
Click here for more about Outdoor Water Solutions.
The definitive book on Earth Ponds in a third edition
to help celebrate it's 30th Anniversary.
"This is not your average how-to; it's beautifully written and a joy to read."
Read the entire review on Cool Tools.
"Aside from some particularly thoughtful frogs and phragmites, no one on earth knows more about ponds than Tim Matson." Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma
Read reviews of Tim Matson's books and videos.
Pond guru Tim is profiled in YANKEE MAGAZINE. Click hereto read it.