Small Fishing Pond Expansion Project – Step 9 – Help from a Friend & His Mahindra Tractor

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A new friend and permanent resident at Hidden Hollows, Johnny Kesner, kindly offered to help me dig out the new section of our small fishing pond with his Mahindra tractor. In just four hours time, first using the backhoe and then finding the soil soft enough to use the front loader, Johnny dug out the soft earth down to the top layer of clay (with a little relief from me), reaching a depth of at least 3 1/2 feet. It was a lot of fun taking a turn operating the tractor, but I never quite mastered the controls. Now with this transition from shovel to tractor, our pond expansion project is closer to reality by at least six months! Johnny admitted he enjoys digging in the dirt, which is perfect because using his tractor is the only way we will achieve the goal of a depth of 6 feet in at least one area of the pond. There is still a lot of work to be done before filling up the new section with water and permanently merging the two ponds. Stay tuned for more pond digging videos.