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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, August 28, 1997 AA13 Ponds for the soul Continued from page AA7 Some people want a fountain in the center of the patio. Others, will benefit from a pond in a more private environment. A place to relax and meditate. Fish folk may want to raise Koi or catfish, and water gardens will be an additional choice. Fish will require a larger, deeper pond. Both fish and water plants will need an area with protection from the wind and tree debris. Building can be a rewarding project. Local rock is colorful and can make beautiful waterfalls and pond edging. Concrete makes a good liner or a commercial fiberglass or PVC plastic liner can be used. Metal can be artistic, especially as it colors with weathering. Tile is always a choice. Brick and flagstone are more options. If you want to see a few ponds before you decide, start :T Continued from page AAZ The remaining summer vegetables will soon be gleaned to clear the canvas for the fall gardenscape, Page will create her new painting with lettuce. spinach, carrots, onions, broccoli and other cool weather crops. She will plant while the ground has enough heat to germinate the seeds. The artistic gardener always starts with seed. Most seed is collected from her own plants. and many have become uniquely adapted to their desert environment. Each season, she tries new plants from purchased seeds to continually add fresh interest to her garden painting. The artist prepares her canvas prior to each planting by adding  mulch mixture of dairy manure, vegetable scraps, tree and plant debris. Her garden is free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Selecting a garden site Mesquite trees has aided her organic efforts by recludng plant stress. Page has loved to she helped her mother. She has years, seven of them at her at Phrump's three nurseries. Jensen Nursery located on Dyer has a large, fish filled pond with a cascading waterfall at one end. Mr. Jensen built the pond and is always eager to share information. This is his second pond in Pahrump, and he has just completed a third. He plants the area surrounding the pond with mature plants which gives the pond a look and feel of having existed for a long time. Pat De Jean, owner of Jordan/Chelsa Design and Nursery located on Highway 372 near Highway 160, has a three tiered po, ld made with preformed plastic liners. She has used soil, rock and plants to create an appearance of a natural occurring woodland area. The soothing sound of the water ;s a treat for all the nursery patrons. De Jean offers a select ,umber of artistic preformed fountains for sale. Art Belk, at Pahrump Nursery on Wilson, has a large were spent gardening on the adjoining two and a half acres. Using her creave talent to encourage her two children, Brittany, 12. and Joey, 10, to share her love of growing, last year Page created a P.za garden. She planted tomatoes, oregano, bell peppers, onions and used red concrete rounds for pepperoni. Another year, she planted a "sweet tooth" garden to try to entice the two to join her. The sweet peas, sweet corn, sweet melons, and sweet onions didn't lure them to her garden domain, but the Jccesfful harvest fed Page's enthusiasm. A small greenhouse where she starts seeds gives her the winter. She will also use it to start more of the A.ked what one thing she would reco for an inspired desert gardener, Page says install a drip watering system, The selection of ready made fountains in a wide variety of sizes. Some are small enough to place indoors. Fountains gurgle and splash merrily to the delight of his customers. His happy fountains suit the man who heartily greets everyone with, "It's a lovely day in Pahrump." Belk has built numerous ponds and carries many of the required supplies. He is delighted to disperse pond/fountain/plant information for the asking. Jerry and Ivy Bortvit's pond at Oakridge Landing is open to the public. You may want to take a picnic and a fishing pole when you go check out this well stocked pond. The Bortvits welcome guests and are generous with pond information. They may refer you to Phil Richards who was their pond guru. Richards and his wife, Ellen, built the huge pond where they raise catfish. Their pond is no longer open to the public, but they welcome people who call ahead. Visit Frank Snow to see the ultimate pond in the desert. Snow has a large, indoor pond where he raises prize Koi. Snow was a pond veteran, he had already built five, when he moved to north Pahrump 12 years ago. He and his wife, Joan, spent about five months building their concrete pond and the massive, stepped waterfall that filters the water as it flows to the pond. The couple dug the pond by hand using the time- tested shovel and wheel barrow technique. They gathered all the rock for the waterfall and pond edging. The two mixed and poured the concrete and set all the rock. To complete the pond, Frank designed his own filtering system. The water is crystal clear making it easy to enjoy the brilliant colored Koi. The fish, a 25 year hobby, swim to the edge of the pond to be petted and fed. The 70 to 75 adult fish have plenty of room to swim with the 300 babies, Snow has built a deck for barbecuing and entertaining at the north end of the enclosed pond. There are plenty of chairs along the gravel paths to relax and watch the fish. A sun screen material lets in light while it gives shelter from the wind and protection from solar rays that encourage algae growth. The "Koi man" will share his superb pond and wealth of knowledge. All you need to do is ask. His number is 727-8321. 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