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Mini Wildlife Pond

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I built this mini pond to try and attract frogs for my grandson to see. It has been such dry weather though that they are nowhere to be seen. They usually hide around the edges of my garden. I was really happy though to see a Blackbird having a drink from between the rocks tho

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Looks nice and natural. Hope that you and your grandson will see frogs and many birds using it .

25 Apr, 2021

 

It’s a lovely idea, Maureen! It'll be teeming with life before you know it! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for frogs to visit soon, especially if your little grandson is keen to see them and get involved.
Lovely pond planting too!

25 Apr, 2021

 

Thank you so much for your very kind comments Klahanie and Kate it was something I knew nothing about but I just watched lots of videos and researched which plants to buy. I am excited to see which kind of wildlife will enjoy it.

25 Apr, 2021

 

It is always worth doing this and you will probably get dragon flies flitting around too. Lots of things will come to drink including butterflies/moths etc.

25 Apr, 2021

 

Your grandson will surely love it anyway. You'll probably get some pond skaters in due course and they are fun. Love the marsh marigolds. There used to be a clump at the edge of the small river in our village but one spring they disappeared. I have often wondered whose pond they are living in now. The person who took them would be surprised at how much they are missed every spring. I hope they do well for you. Enjoy!

25 Apr, 2021

 

That will soon attract lots of creatures, your grandson will find it all facinating, if the frogs are already in and around your garden, they will love the pond, I always have loads here but they, like us are missing the rainfall so are hiding in the shade..

26 Apr, 2021

 

It has taken me a while to work out which plants to plant in the deep and shallow areas of the pond. They are all in pond baskets, I love the Marsh Marigold too but I am confused as to how it can spread in a basket. Do I need to take it out when it is more established and plant around the edge of the pond? Hope you can help me with this. We have had a small amount of rain here this morning but I don't think much more is forcast. Thank you everyone

27 Apr, 2021

 

Marsh marigolds need their feet in water/or at least reliably moist soil. I will get bigger and bigger in the pot. if you plant it out of the water, near the edge of the pond you will have to keep watering well.
You could wedge the plant in between the stones so it roots into the materials that will form on the bottom of the pond.

Ours is in a pot in the pond and sadly I cant plant it out as ours is a raised pond.

How deep is your pond?

27 Apr, 2021

 

The pond is only 26 inches deep, I would like the Marsh Marigold to spread more, could it go in between the stones in the shallow area of the pond maybe, is that what you mean please? I see what you mean about having to water it all the time if it was around the edges, because with it being just a plastic container dug into the lawn it is not wet like a pond with a liner would be.

27 Apr, 2021

 

yes sorry I didnt see your last response.
yes in the stones towards the bottom of the picture.

3 May, 2021

 

Great idea and am sure you will have frogs back soon! But at least the Blackie is enjoying it!

3 May, 2021

 

If you want to keep soil damp try mixing lots of water retention granules in with the compost. Give it a good watering to start with and then top up as needed.I have plants survive in very dry soil this way You do have to water but not every day.

3 May, 2021

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