How to Create a Mini Wildlife Pond – (Part One)
There are many ways in which you can attract wildlife to y garden. One the best is to build a wildlife pond.
When considering setting up a pond in your garden the first practical consideration is where to place it. It is important to build it in an area where there is not too much direct sunlight as this will make it easy for algae grow. It’s best placed somewhere with an equal balance of light and shade. According to the Wildlife Trust, the pond should be 4-5 square metres in area. This would make the pond about 6ft across.
This needn’t be an expensive project. There are lots of items in your own home you can use, or things you can buy cheaply, that will make a brilliant pond, such as a washing up bowl or even an old bath tub. For the pond I am creating I am using a planter as my base.
The material you need to make a mini wildlife pond out of a wooden planter are:
- Pond liner
- Wooden battens
Making a Pond out of a Wooden Planter
Once you have decided where you are going to put your pond and the base you are going use, you can cut your pond liner to fit the width and length of the planter.
Now to secure the pond liner to the base. Fold the edges of the liner over the lip of the planter and fix in place using the wooden battens and nails.
Evenly spread pond sand or gravel inside the bottom of the liner. Clear colour gravel such as white is good because it will allow you to easily observe the creatures that will habitat it. Make sure you thoroughly wash the gravel before spreading it.
Place some bricks or even bits of old flower pots into the pond at different heights to create levels for the different type of plants.
It is best to fill your pond from a water butt or to let it natural fill with rain water.
Join me in two weeks time for ‘Part 2’, in which I will be talking about oxygenators and marginal plants and ways in which you can make your mini pond accessible to wildlife.