As a bonus, with Mother’s Day in spring, we figured it would be the perfect gift for that day too.
For anyone considering a pond, if you put a little thought into it, it’ll be a very rewarding experience. Be careful though — you might fall so in love with your creation you’ll want to expand it, which is how our second pond came to be.
Most water garden books recommend putting plants in pots with holes (the ones that look like drainers). Put plants in solid plastic pots instead. Otherwise, the roots grow through the holes, pushing all the dirt out and into the pond.
Refill the pond, and reintroduce the fish slowly one at a time so if something’s wrong, the whole school won’t be lost.
After the first year, the pond should establish a healthy eco-system, so further drainings are not necessary. Just keep the filters running clean, and take care to remove junk/debris that accumulates in the water.
Total time involved in construction: 1 week.
Professionals used, required, or consulted: 0.
Completed appearance: awesome
Side effect: bragging rights