The South County Spotlight, Jul 27, 2011, Updated 13.3 hours ago

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Jan Campbell added a lovely pond that fits naturally into her extensive garden

By John Brewington

The South County Spotlight, Jul 27, 2011, Updated 16.8 hours ago

IDYLLIC SETTING—Jan Campbell has made a lovely koi pond on her one-acre property in Warren. Campbell enjoys feeding the 15 koi, which are enthusiastic dinner guests. They’ll even nibble on a finger if you let them.

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The koi swim up and eat food right out of Jan Campbell’s hands, even nibble a bit on her fingers. She giggles as one big fish gently tickles a finger.

It’s one of the benefits of a small pond she and her husband Joel built a few years ago on their just-under-an-acre property in Warren.

Campbell has been on the property for 11 years, starting her gardening from scratch, and filling most of the lot with many variety of marvelous flora.

“We had a low spot in the yard and every fall and winter we had standing water. It became a question of what to put in there. I wanted to see if we could build a pond,” Campbell said. “The whole place was like an empty palate and I just went crazy.”

To erect the pond, she got her husband and some friends to put in a pond liner, purchased a pump, and put rocks they’d collected around the edge. The rocks are round and help keep out Herons, and other birds. She estimates the whole pond cost around $800, mostly for the liner and the pump, and the rest as volunteer labor.

Campbell said she only bought two koi to begin with and has adopted more from friends and others. The Columbia County Extension office has called, saying people are moving and want to know if she’ll take the koi. She’s gladly obliged. She has 15 koi in the pond, and has only lost a couple to predators.

Koi is a Japanese fish (nishikigoi), literally a brocaded carp, usually kept for mostly ornamental purposes. They are actually the precursors of the goldfish, much like a wolf is to a dog.

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