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PONDEMONIUM – THE POND AND WATER GARDEN INDUSTRY’S MOST IMPORTANT EVENT

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: September 12th, 2012 | No Comments on PONDEMONIUM – THE POND AND WATER GARDEN INDUSTRY’S MOST IMPORTANT EVENT

Many industries hold annual events. These events are often times organized to bring together professionals within the given industry as a means to break down “barriers”, build relationships, improve individual businesses, and strengthen the industry. For any industry these events are often critical to the collective success of the industry. Some industries offer larger and smaller events, and regional events; but there is typically one event that will attract all the pros and experts. This type of event, if none other are attended, should be the event that any professional within any given industry should be going to. They should attend if for nothing else than to see how everyone else in their industry is doing and to insure that what they do as a profession is strong and sustainable. For the pond, water garden, and water feature industry this annual event is Pondemonium.

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911 MEMORIAL FEATURES WATERFALLS AS A WAY TO HEAL

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: September 9th, 2012 | 2 Comments on 911 MEMORIAL FEATURES WATERFALLS AS A WAY TO HEAL

When considering water, one can spend countless hours trying to define what water is, what water does, or what water means. For many water might be what they wash their car with, others would say it is how they feed their villages; while others will tell you about how water heals them.

On September 11, 2001 the people of an entire nation, and to one degree or another; the people of the world community became victims of a brutal attack. This attack left in its wake destruction on a massive scale and the loss of thousands of lives in a most violent way. People from every walk of life were affected and a deep profound wound was thrust into the hearts and minds of millions of Americans. The road to healing was sure to be long and difficult, if possible at all.

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IT WAS PONDEMONIUM IN 2012! REINVENT YOURSELF TO WIN THE BATTLE

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: August 28th, 2012 | 1 Comment on IT WAS PONDEMONIUM IN 2012! REINVENT YOURSELF TO WIN THE BATTLE

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Navy Pier has been an important Chicago landmark for close to 100 years. Located along the shores of Lake Michigan, projecting 3300 feet out into the great lake; Navy Pier is Chicago’s top tourist attraction. This year Navy Pier also served as the starting point for the watergarden and pond industry’s biggest event PONDEMONIUM!

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TOZAI WINE REVIEW

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: August 15th, 2012 | No Comments on TOZAI WINE REVIEW

One of the nice things about writing a blog is that the authors can write about anything they choose. Try a new direction once in a while and if its no good, no harm no foul; but it keeps blog writing interesting. However; the new direction should at least be in the spirit of the overall blog content, which leads me to this wine review

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THE AMAZING LOTUS FLOWER

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: July 26th, 2012 | 6 Comments on THE AMAZING LOTUS FLOWER

The Lotus, calling it just a flower seems like a description that is not quite fitting for such a plant. It is a plant with deep and ancient multi-cultural significance. A plant considered sacred in many religions, and mythologies. Lotus has been used medicinally for thousands of years.

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THE WHEELBARROW CHRONICLES – The Egret

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: July 17th, 2012 | 2 Comments on THE WHEELBARROW CHRONICLES – The Egret

Just when I thought everything was cool with the pond…

The activity levels of the Great Blue Herons in my area had slowed down. I went ahead and took off the netting that I keep on my pond while the herons are in heavy stalking mode. I unplugged the talk radio station I play by my pond when I’m not there, so the heron stays away from human voices by the pond. I stopped moving the fake (super way too fake doesn’t fool a real heron for a moment, but it makes ME feel good) plastic Blue Heron around my pond and gave it the final spot for the rest of the season.

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GIN RIN KOI, A REAL EYE CATCHER!

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: July 2nd, 2012 | No Comments on GIN RIN KOI, A REAL EYE CATCHER!

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If there is a koi that could have “jazz hands”, the Gin Rin koi would have to be the one. It’s flashy and glitzy. Some Gin Rin have more sparkle than Michael Jackson’s right hand glove (or left hand glove, I’m not really sure). The Gin Rin variety is a star among the koi world.

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THE POND ALGAE TRILOGY Pt. 3

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: June 27th, 2012 | 2 Comments on THE POND ALGAE TRILOGY Pt. 3

Let’s fight back…

For all these types of pond algae that we have to deal with there are solutions. Some solutions are very general and will help work on all 3 pond algae types, while other issues may require a very targeted solution to the issue. There are not many treatments or types of equipment that will eliminate algae growth in your koi pond or water garden; and those that can eliminate algae growth may not be very healthy for your fish or desirable aquatic plants. A naturally balanced pond through proper filtration and management will have clear water on its own.

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THE POND ALGAE TRILOGY Pt. 2

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: June 26th, 2012 | 3 Comments on THE POND ALGAE TRILOGY Pt. 2

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Let’s go deeper…

 

Green water*, is probably the most common pond algae issue that pond and water garden owners face at sometime and thankfully one that can be eliminated! Green water is not necessarily bad for fish or the overall health of the pond, but it sure is not what we’re hoping for when our ponds were installed. The shades of green water can vary from a deep green/black to a bright lime green color.

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THE POND ALGAE TRILOGY Pt. 1

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: June 25th, 2012 | 2 Comments on THE POND ALGAE TRILOGY Pt. 1

It grows almost everywhere on the planet. It provides food and shelter. It can live in peaceful symbiosis or quickly kill its host. It can reproduce at stunningly fast rates turning the surrounding environment red, blue, brown, and green. It can glow at night. It can float freely and sporadically or attach itself to a surface; overwhelming every square inch of it. It can stand taller than a building or be microscopic in stature. It can appear as a primitive animal type or as a plant. It has numerous genus and species that have been around 400 million years. It is in our oceans and our freshwater systems. It is in our drinking water, swimming pools, and our backyard ponds and water gardens. All pond owners have to deal with it at some time or another, in some way or another. “It”, is algae.new jersey green water

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