Tim Matson is an award winning author about ponds, pond design, and pond building. If you are into pond building, planning to build a pond, or repairing an existing pond, you have come to the right place. Tim consults with scores of property owners each year, providing advice and counsel at reasonable rates. Photo by Joe Mehling.
Each month, Tim writes an original essay about pond maintenance; the latest trends in design; ecological concerns; and wetlands regulations. NEWS FROM THE WATERFRONT can be delivered directly to you via email. Use the contact form to sign up for the pondology, or contact Tim about your pond project.
JULY 2020: I never had much luck raising fish in our pond, at least enough to consider them a dependable source of food for our family. On the other hand the kingfishers, herons, and otters dined happily on our rainbow trout. My disappointment over growing pond food disappeared when I started using the pond for garden irrigation. We raised potatoes, carrots, beets, greens, and more, with irrigation flowing by gravity from pond to garden. Not to mention an annual pig whose garden side water trough was supplied by the pond. You don't have to grow fish to harvest food from a pond. For more information about pond to garden
irrigation, click here.
Listen to Tim Matson read a selection from Earth Ponds: The Country Pond Maker's Guide to Building, Maintenance, and Restoration. Click on the book cover.
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"Aside from some particularly thoughtful frogs and phragmites, no one on earth knows more about ponds than Tim Matson. His books have counseled and consoled me through the digging of two ponds, making a daunting process far more interesting and pleasurable than it deserved to be. His... A to Z Encyclopedia is the ultimate pond-owner's companion, brimming with sound advice, smart suggestions, and answers to ancient riddles. But this book doesn't only instruct -- there's delight here too." Michael Pollan,
author of the Botany of Desire, Cooked, How to Change Your Mind, and more.