June 9, 2005
25 members were in attendance at this Thursday evening meeting. President Kacy Novak called the meeting to order at the pond of David & Ruth Whittenbaum (spelled wrong) in Klinger (north of Waterloo). David & Ruth shared stores about the history of the Century Farm (1886), the exotic animals (goats, donkeys, lamas, draft horses, wild mustangs, peacocks and an assortment of exotic chickens), the corn crib gazebo and the evolution of their pond. The two week-old baby goats were just precious. David shared that he learned a lot through the Northern Iowa Pond Society and several of their members assisted with his pond, a two-year learning process. But it is running well now and they confessed that they add things yearly like most ponders.
During the business part of the meeting the minutes of the May meetings were approved as printed. Kacy introduced new members, Barb & Jim Dos from just south of Klinger. They have a small pond and some stock tanks, and hope to some day dig The BIG One.
A reminder, the July 7th meeting will start at Rosie & Herman Michel’s pond at 6:30 in Cedar Rapids. Everyone is encouraged to be early because we will caravan to all 10 of the tour ponds that evening before it gets dark about 8:45 pm. And everyone is encouraged to attend this meeting, especially if your pond is on the tour or if you are sitting at a ticket table for the tour. This will be your opportunity to see all of the ponds.
Carol distributed color Pond Tour Poster (with tear off address lists) and black & white flyers for members to post at garden centers, their places of work, everywhere. She also distributed to everyone a stack of address cards with the date of the tour for members to give to friends as a reminder of where and when.
The topic of foam on ponds came up and Rick Fangman did some impromptu research and discovered it is caused by excess protein in the pond. Some sources of protein could be excess food or over feeding. Temperature changes contribute to the foams production. It will go away on it’s own as the biological conditions correct themselves (biological balance) or with the increase in biological filtration. Not to worry.
Rick and Marti Fangman also shared photos of their newly redone pond, patio, deck and back yard. WOW.
The door prize names were drawn in absentia of the prizes themselves. Yes they were left on someone’s dining room table. Winners were: Jim Dos, Gary Hunerdosse, Rick Fangman and Dorothy Helms. Prizes will be gotten to them over the next few meetings or via friends.
Our hosts for the evening, Shirley and Roger Thurm treated the club to a delicious picnic of brats, baked beans, potato salad, chips, Kraut, etc. Yummy.
Submitted - Carol Sindelar
June 25, 2005
As is not unusual at EIPS meetings, a storm was bearing down on Cedar Rapids at the time of the meeting and early on, after we wondered the yard and viewed the two ponds, we adjourned to Edna and Ron Rife’s living room.
Ron talked about their 8 year adventure in ponding. Although both ponds were originally built 8 years ago, the one closest to the house was redone just two years later. The far pond was just enlarged and a deck added this year. Members familiar with Ron and Edna’s ponds were very complimentary of their recent additions. Ron warned members about in ground pipes freezing if installed incorrectly, as his had done. The two issues are depth and slant, don’t allow water to puddle in the pipes over winter. It will freeze and break the pipes.
President Kacy encouraged Ron to tell about saving his dried Koi from death when it jumped out of it’s winter storage tank. Ron swished “Lucky” through the water for about 1/2 hour and revived him although the fish was getting stiff. Lucky lived a couple more years and just died this winter. Ron and Edna are “Gardeners” and their yard really shows their love of flowers. At the current time the Hosta, Daylilies and Asiatic Lilies were stealing the show. With all of the paths and assorted flower beds, the 100 x 100 yard looks much larger than it’s actual size.
Pond Tour Chairperson, Rosie Michel gave an update of tour plans:
** We have been receiving some great publicity, including Master Gardener and EIPS member Deb Walser plugging the tour on WMT during the Wednesday morning “Ask the Gardener” call in show.
** KCRG will be at Rosie’s during the morning show, 5 - 7 am on July 8th. Kacy Novak will also be on hand to promote the tour.
** Rosie will be sending a Burst E-mail soon. She will send and email containing the tour poster to all members whose e-mail address we have. All she asks is that they forward it to all of their fiends to promote the tour.
** Rosie and her daughter will be making some pins to distinguish the pond owners on the day of the tour. Helpers are asked to pick up their name tags to wear.
Carol Sindelar reminded members who are donating plants to the plant sale to:
** Mark the plant with : The PLANT”S NAME, where it needs to be planted (in the pond, on the edge, in the garden), the color and a price.
** Please price the items to sell. We want to encourage people to purchase plants and have them in their ponds, promote the hobby.
** If you would like any unsold plants returned to you, please make that know to Carol the day of the sale. Otherwise, left over plants will be given to any pond members who will give them a home at the end of the day.
Other tour related items:
** Carol suggested each table at the ponds have a large map of Cedar Rapids. Richard Miene said he had access to maps and will get enough.
** Rita Tharp mentioned their address was incorrect on the maps, but that the street was only a block long and it should not be a problem. Address is correct for the tickets.
** The signs are stored at Beuter’s along with the wading pools used for marginal plants.
The door prizes included some yard figures donated by the Michels and went to:
Dennis Sindelar announced the names of the door prize winners from the June 9th meeting where the prizes were absent. Sharon Weiss offered to deliver Dorothy Helms her prize. Other winners were: Gary Hunerdosse, Joe Dos, and Rick Fangman. Sindelars will continue to unite the winners with their prizes.
Edna served some exquisite refreshments!! We munched and since the rain had let up, took another opportunity to view the gardens and ponds before gathering in the garage for Edna’s presentation on sand casting lawn ornaments.
Edna’s lawn sand casting was to be a very large leaf. Rhubarb and other such leaves are great. She laid it out and covered it with Premixed concrete, like Quikrete. The indepth instructions can be found on line at www.GardenGateMagazine.com in their article archives, “Sand-cast a Birdbath”.