Synopses & Reviews
One of America's most beloved garden writers reflects on life with a pond. Whether it's fishing by moonlight, planting iris and weeping willows, catching crawfish, or supervising an unruly crowd of ducks, Louise Riotte knows how to get the most fun out of a family pond. She shares her experiences in this entertaining book, presented with her trademark mix of facts, anedotes, lore, and lively humor. Catfish Ponds and Lily Pads includes:
-- How the Riotte family built a pond
-- Tips on fish farming with catfish, bass, or trout
-- Creating a backyard pool for frogs and water lilies
-- Waterside plants - beneficial and harmful
-- Recipes, stories, and fascinating asides
Riotte explains siting a pond, maintaining water quality, troubleshooting, stocking with fish, plus plenty of old-time fishing lore and scrumptious fresh fish recipes.
From siting a pond to stocking it with fish and planting in and around the water, Riotte's anecdotal information will lead to years of pond pleasure.
Riotte tells how to site a pond, maintain water quality, and spot and solve common problems. She also covers selecting and stocking a pond with fish (especially catfish), along with feeding, catching, and cooking them.
In this entertaining guide, Louise Riotte tells you everything you need to know to create a productive pond on your own land, from siting the pond to maintaining water quality and stocking the pond with fish. She also includes plenty of old-time fishing lore and scrumptious recipes for freshly caught fish.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-178) and index.
About the Author
Beloved author and life-long gardener Louise Riotte passed away in 1998 at the age of 89. During her life, she wrote twelve books on gardening, companion planting, and garden lore, among them the ever-popular Carrots Love Tomatoes. Her father taught her how to practice astrology, while her mother was an herbalist. Together they greatly influenced her life and her books, including Roses Love Garlic, Astrological Gardening, Sleeping with a Sunflower, Catfish Ponds & Lily Pads, and Raising Animals by the Moon. Riotte was an artist as well as a writer, and her own drawings appear in all of her books. She took great pride in her garden near her home in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Creating a Pond
1. Building Our Dream Pool
2. Getting Started
3. The Joy of a Backyard Lily Pool
4. Pond Plants
Part 2: Fishing and Fish Farming
5. Fishing Down the Moonbeam
6. Stocking the Pond
8. Raising Fish Commercially
Part 3: Other Pond Dwellers
9. Ducks -- and Geese -- in a Row
10. Frogging for Family Fun
11. The Succulent Crawfish
12. The Long and Short of Turtles