photo courtesy of
GREATER PHOENIX POND SOCIETY
September 14, 2013
The meeting was called to order by Dave Nelson, President. Everyone was welcomed, especially Lynn from the Chicago area. She lives in Sun Lakes.
Dave thanked Kristy and Jon Jolly, the meeting hosts. Jon gave a great report on his pond which has a total of 3800 gallons and pumps 10,000 gallons per hour, an over-kill he admits. It has a bottom drain, water going to the top area of the plants which then filters down to the water falls. This process provides the filtration. There is no external bio filter, Jon said. He has also diverted water to a vegetable garden which can be modified for aquaponics in the future. They have had herons in the past, not recently. To combat the birds they have strung fishing line across the pond area and have a radio that is programmed to go on and off.
Pond liners were discussed regarding how to expand them without leaks.
The meeting concluded with the raffle of a Pond book.
The Treasurer reported $3,947.50 in the checking account. Annual dues of $25 due January. There are no fund raising activities of the club, so everyone is encourage to pay their fee prior to the beginning of the year.
The newsletter editor was absent. No report available. The club secretary had nothing to report. And
Gary Ures had nothing to report regarding the club library.
Kristy Jolly reported that she has a Master Gardener set to speak at the October meeting regarding vegetable gardening. Kristy asked if anyone would be interested in a "Brush" Party. She explained about using painting for designing. She exhibited a Koi fish painting she had done. If anyone is interested, contact Kristy. The cost of attending a party is $30.
Rita Karsten reported that she had sent the sign in sheets from the Pond Tour to Matt Watson. She has not received a report from him.
Dave brought up the topic from the June meeting re changing the Pond Tour from May to September. A show of hands suggested there is no interest in changing the date. Dave receives numerous phone calls regarding ponds. He suggests callers check the GPPS website for answers to questions and he encourages them to join the club.
Dave asked for a discussion of companies referred to on the website. A complaint has been received regarding a company that appears first on the list. The list needs to be reviewed and amended. Dave will remove the names of companies that are not responsive to customers requests.
The election of officers will be in November. The pot luck is being scheduled for the Holiday Season.
Rita Karsten did a video of all the ponds on the Pond Tour. The video was watched and enjoyed by all.
Jon Jolly provided a workshop on dividing hardy lilies. He usually divides them the end of March or early April. Look for the "eyes" on the root ball, snap them off to form a new plant. You need the eyes to start the new growth. Plant the roots hairs as far as possible from the side of the pot to allow for most growth.
Tropical lilies have bigger pads, their flowers last longer during the day's bloom and there are more varieties. Divide tropicals in the fall, around Thanksgiving. Look for the "hard round ball", put it in a zip lock bag and store in a dark place. Keep stored until the pond water temperature reaches 60 degrees. Resist the urge to put them out early when the water is too cold for them to survive. Start them in a small round pot to keep Koi away from them. Part of the bulb should be above the soil line. Don't completely cover. Use Arizona clay soil with lava rock on top. When you transfer to a larger pot, add fertilizer. Pond tabs are good.
Past Minutes Archive
changes or updates to our web site please submit them to: Web Changes