Introducing the Micro-Pond!
Almost exactly a year ago, in the summer of 2014, I decided I would like to build a garden pond. I had been thinking about it for a while, and had read many an article on the subject, so it was time to start building. And a few days later, Micro-Pond was finished. Micro-Pond is, as its name suggests, very small. The entire pond measures just 80x52cm. But with a few plants and some pebbles, it soon came to life, and was ready to be a home for a variety of animals and plants.
Now, only a year later, it is full of life. Just a quick look is all is required to see some of the life that has moved in since the pond was built. On the algae there are pond snails, and many small creatures swim around in the deeper water. Over the next few blog posts I will look more closely at some of the pond's inhabitants, and show you what is calling Micro-Pond its home.
To finish here is a step-by-step guide on how to build a simple garden pond.
1. Mark the outline
using rope, chalk or string, mark out the outline of your pond.
2. Begin to dig
remove the turf, and begin to dig down to your preferred depth. If you are using a premade solid lining, dig to the depth specified. You should also check that your pond is level.
3. Add the lining
your lining can either be a rubber sheet, or a premade solid lining. Check for stones before carefully putting it into the hole. Any room around the edge should be refilled with soil, and spare turf could be put back around the edge.
4. Add water
this water normally shouldn't be tap water. Rainwater is ideal.
5. Add any extras
Finally, you can add any finishing touches you would like to, such as pond plants or pebbles at the bottom.
I definitely recommend building a small garden pond if you can. It's always exciting to see what has moved in, and to watch as the pond fills with life.