Many people these days are opting out of buying big homes with roomy gardens, but that doesn’t mean we still don’t want one! Even if you have a small space for your garden, you can have one that’s built just for you.
For very small gardens, you can have a tiny pond in the back that’s full of wildlife of its own. In case you’re curious, making a pond doesn’t require that much effort, and you can check Aquatic ponds for design ideas that work for you.
But if you want to know how to set up a pond in your own garden, keep reading!
Pick the Right Container
Before making the pond, you need to choose what you’ll put it in. You can use an old sink, a strong marble bowl, or even make one by pouring concrete over a plastic bowl and letting it dry. Once the concrete is solid, you can remove the bowl and dig a hole in the garden to place the concrete in.
You need to seal any holes in the container if you’re using an old sink or anything like that. Additionally, you need to pick the appropriate place for the pond. You can’t place it anywhere kids would be able to find it, and while it does need sunlight, you’ll need to think twice before you put it somewhere it would get it all day everyday and get too hot.
Now you’re ready to start pouring the water and setting up your pond.
Getting Water For the Pond
It might sound easy, but you need to avoid putting tap water into it. That’s because tap water has chemicals that are not good for building a natural ecosystem. Your natural pond is supposed to attract animals and plants of all kinds naturally, and develop into a whole world of its own that sustains itself.
This can only be achieved when the pond is filled with rain water, so you might need to wait a little for rain to hit your area before you can move forward with this project.
Additionally, don’t put any water from another pond into the new one, as this will only damage the ecosystem and bring diseases.
Can Animals Get In and Out?
The pond needs to be accessible to animals. To do this, you can place stones or bricks on the outside of the pond that serve as stepping stones for small animals and critters. You can also place pebbles and rocks inside the container to give it varying depth and a slope for them to make moving into the pond easier.
Add the Right Plants
You’re not supposed to introduce any major animals into the pond, but you can always add some plants in the pond at first. The best ones are miniature water lily, lesser spearwort, starwort, and flowering rush.
Now that you’ve done all the things to get a miniature pond in your backyard, you can sit back and wait for the magic to happen. After a while, you’ll start noticing little critters in and around your pond, which is a good sign that the pond is working – and thriving!