If you’ve stayed at La Casita then you know about our little Dragonfly Pond. The pond is in the pasture next to a seasonal creek. Last year we began to get a red algae that covered the surface of the pond at times. This is understandable since the pond is not aerated and does not have any plants with the exception of bull rushes on the bank.
The mosquito fish (gambusia affinis) aren’t bothered by this nor are the snapping turtles that live in the pond. The namesake dragonflies are plentiful too. However the pond is not very appealing to look at so I wanted to make some helpful additions of plants.
The goal is to oxygenate the water, provide shade, provide more surface area for nitrifying bacteria, cover for dragonfly nympths and add of course replace the algae with something more appealing. I also want to add some additional wild life and household food sources.
I’m fortunate to have my old friend Norman Wells down the street. He has had a koi pond for decades and sells a wide array of pond plants. Here is a list of plants that Norman was kind enough to donate.
The New Plant Addtions for Dragonfly Pond
Lotus – American or Asian? I don’t yet know. Either way if the planting was successful it will be an interesting culinary adventure since the seeds and roots are edible.
Water Lily – I think these are native white water lily variety. I look forward to trying some of the leaves in one of the dishes described in this Mother Earth News article – Wild Food Foraging: Pond Lily, Squirrel, Nettles and More
Water Weed – A water oxygenating plant that provides cover for pond creatures.
Marsh Iris – With luck this plant will supply a spot of cover on the margins of my little pond.
Elephant Ear (Black Magic) – If it grows well I may introduce some more edible malanga or taro plantings.
Pickerel Weed – This native pond plant is an important food source for many animals.