LOW-WATER CURVE BALL Some ponds are beauties like the one above, but some have problems. What does a pond owner do when something goes wrong? In ponds with piped spillway systems, leaks can occur that will produce low-water ponds of varying degree, depending on the severity of the leak(s) and time of year. Read what Tim recommends and some of the clever solutions he has come across in this month's Pondology: News from the Waterfront.

WHAT IS AN EARTH POND?

Earth ponds are natural earthen reservoirs, often created by excavation and/or damming up a natural soil-based basin, sometimes with the addition of a clay or artificial membrane liner.

Earth ponds can be used for swimming, garden landscaping, raising fish, and more.

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This site is designed to give you information as well as provide a way to get expert consulting services and consulting designs when planning or constructing your pond or garden pond.

RETURN to A COUNTRY PLANET

Available again as an eBook after many years out of print. New 25th Anniversary Edition of Tim Matson’s prize winning stories of Rural Savvy, Skills, and Survival. Includes Smart Approaches to Water Issues, from Ponds to Dowsing a Water Well.

Download your copy today.

" Reading A Country Planet is a little like eavesdropping on someone talking to himself about pigs and hayrakes and listers, but talking in a wry, corner-of-the mouth style that makes the eavesdropper snort and whinny to himself… The general effect is to make you want to run out and buy a slice of Vermont hillside and start cutting trees to build your own cabin in the woods even if you’ve already done it years ago.”


Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize winner and author
of Brokeback Mountain

OTHER ARTICLES by TIM

Bringing Back a Swamp: Discover Ways to Naturalize Wetland Features for Your Pond Read the article.

A Win-Wind Solution: from Tim Matson's article for Backhome Magazine. Read an excerpt.

A Pond in the Woods: Read this article which appeared on the Northern Woodlands website.

Maintaining Pond Spillways:
Know the Basics of a Pond Discharge System:
Read Tim’s article on pond spillway construction and maintenance in Living The Country Life magazine.

MOUNTAIN BREW ON TAP NOW!

In the 1970s, the big name brews like Bud and Coors ruled the roost, and homebrewed beer was as illegal as moonshine. But a small group of Vermonters - people like Tim Matson and Lee Anne Dorr - weren't the kind to let a little thing like the law stop them. They shared their intoxicating concoctions with friends and family, then published the first homebrewer's guide since Prohibition and sold it out of their Chevy Nova. 40 years later here is a new edition with a new introduction. MOUNTAIN BREW is available through Countryman Press - a division of W.W. Norton and Company. Click here to order your copy.

 

 

REVIEWS OF MOUNTAIN BREW

"A slim classic...Even before celebrity craft brewers came along, the hills of Vermont held ernest homebrewers who tackled lagers and ales with vigor. The strangely enchanting little tome offers a glimpse into that world...It might not be the definitive guide to homebrewing, but it's a sweet keepsake of another age."
Seven Days Magazine

"Set aside your dog-eared copy of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. Eight years earlier -- and two before the legalization of home brewing -- a merry band of Vermonters published their recipes and anecdotes. The book is a hoot for anyone who wants a glimpse of the cultural origins of this immensely popular hobby. These sound like great folks to have a beer with."
All About Beer Magazine

 

SWIMMING: POOLS OR PONDS?

Noted Vermont author Bill Schubart makes a good case in his essay about the pleasures of pond swimming over swimming pools. Click here to read it.

 

THEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT

The Book of Non-Electric Lighting by Tim Matson is available as an eBook for your Amazon Kindle. Click here to check it out.

NEW REVIEW OF THIS BOOK!

"Best guide to safe use of flame-based illumination." Read the entire review on Cool Tools

GET THE BEST POND BOOK



The definitive book on Earth Ponds in a third edition to help celebrate it's 30th Anniversary.

TIM IN YANKEE?

What's this guy all about? Writer? Pond designer? Father? Elder wisdom from Deadsville? Find out in this lifestyle article. Click here to read it.

 

There's more really. Vermont Digger digs a little deeper into the pond ponderer.

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