Category Archives: pool

Talk on the TundraGarden


Yesterday I gave a talk on the TG to nearly 20 local folks!  It was part of a series, loosely centered on local food production, being put on by Ilisaġvik College as part of the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service.  I talked a bit about how the TG got started, showed a lot of plant & flower pictures and talked about how to get plants (step 1:  get permission of the land owner), and the cultural requirements of different plants.  I also talked a bit about water features & birds and animals in the garden.  The whole thing was taped, and when time permits will be edited and posted on BASCmedia’s YouTube channel.  I’ll put a link up then.

I also mentioned a number of books.  I’ve made a Book Lists page which I just put up.  I’ll add to it as I think of things.
I’m always happy to answer any questions.


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First snow!

I woke up this morning to snow. It had stuck to the ground and to the vehicles. It wasn’t that heavy, and it’s gone now, but it was good to see.

First snow Fall 2011


Although apparently the official temperature in Barrow has not yet dropped below freezing, it clearly did out here.  The pond (which was actually installed over Labor Day weekend, but the post somehow never got past draft form until earlier today) had a thin skin of ice.

Ice on the new pond

New Pool installed

As I mentioned a while ago, the pond (AKA bathtub) had been badly damaged by a front-end loader. I had ordered a replacement plastic pond, but hadn’t found time to install it. Finally, Glenn & I got around to doing it today.

We were very lucky to get some help getting the old cast-iron bathtub out of the ground and moved aside from some fellows working by our house. Thanks guys! You saved us hours.

Glenn standing by the discarded bathtub pool

The replacement came in a box, and had to be unrolled. We let it “relax” inside, per instructions, & even heated it with a hair dryer to help the process. Unfortunately, it showed a tendency to curl back up when it was outside in the 40F temps we have. Since the pad is gravel and there already was a hole where I wanted to put it, it was impossible to dig a hold to conform to the pool outline (it came with templates & that would have been easy in a silt loam or clay), so the edges don’t look great. We weighted them, and will try mounding gravel up & over them.

Pool in place