First of all wanted to thank Harold, of Harold Zeutschel Landscape for attending our NIKK workshop this last Saturday.
John Miller and I would like to thank all who attended and participated with their valued input towards John's new to be Koi
pond. There was much dialogue about construction techniques and types of materials (liners, fiberglass, concrete, shotcrete
and etc.) and the most cost effective approach's while still maintaining the structural integrity, lasting quality, and of
course a low maintenance Koi pond.
After about 30 minutes into the workshop, Dan Olson and Harold put their heads together at the front of John's living
room with flip chart and felt markers in hand to approach a feasible construction and material technique that would accommodate
both soil conditions and the budget criteria. Bottom line, John has a number of considerations and decisions still in front
of him, but at least he knows what the alternatives are with building "up" the upper portion of the Koi ponds walls to accommodate
viewing the fish, releasing and retrieving the fish for various reasons (Koi Shows) and just enjoying them.
It was my intention by having this particular workshop to provide everyone in attendance, some of the basic considerations
when planning to build a Koi Pond. While we were not able to address plumbing and filtration to any degree and depth as we
did with the actual pond construction, I think the workshop was a great exercise and refresher for all in attendance. Even
though I have never experience the process of child birth first hand, I have been told by a number of Mothers that the actual
birthing discomfort is erased from the mind as time moves on and most will go through the ordeal at least one more time. I
think the building of a Koi pond has many parallels to the aforementioned sentence. After we have built our Koi pond, we like
to put aside from our minds all the decisions, gyrations and anxieties of planning, funding and building the pond. Once the
pond is completed, filled with water and Koi, we stand back and admire, and most of the preliminaries of building the pond
begin to fade with time.
Bottom line here is that John was happy with the outcome of the workshop and looks forward to working with Harold to
obtain a Koi pond that we can all see at another workshop at his home in the future. I trust that John will display on the
PNKCA pond tour this September.