Certifiably Green

I want to send a big CONGRATULATIONS to my friend Debbie.

She has provided the essential elements for a healthy and sustainable wildlife habitat in her own backyard, earning the
National Wildlife Federation's Certified Wildlife Habitat™ program.

The following is a 37-second, super-cute video Debbie took of a little visitor playing around in her backyard habitat.

here to certify your yard. The five requirements include:
  • Food Sources—For example: Native plants, seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, nectar
  • Water Sources—For example: Birdbath, pond, water garden, stream
  • Places for Cover—For example: Thicket, rockpile, birdhouse
  • Places to Raise Young—For example: Dense shrubs, vegetation, nesting box, pond
  • Sustainable Gardening—For example: Mulch, compost, rain garden, chemical-free fertilizer

The picture to the right is Debbie beside the 6-by-11-foot, 18-inch-deep fish pond that she and her husband built in their backyard last year.

The couple put a lot of work into the pond, digging about two tons of dirt from what would be the fish pond with just a shovel a some elbow grease. Then, they bought about three tons of river rock and handwashed each stone so the pond water wouldn’t be dirty. They lined the hole with a rubber liner and stacked the rocks one-by-one.

Now the pond is home to 10 koi, three fantail goldfish and a wide variety of plant life, including carnivorous pitcher plant, creeping jenny, yellow lily, lotus, red canna and water hyacinth.

Great job, Debbie!


Anonymous said...

Great job Debbie! We Plan to build birdhouses for our yard and do some more stuff like that!

jmuhj said...

Such beautiful fish! My folks and I had a beautiful stone fishpond with fish like these in it. Thanks for sharing! (Dad's and Ms. Mary's friend from Dad's Tomato Garden blog link)