The Pond

I am now with pond! Over Easter I dug a pond in my back garden with considerable help from my husband and two superb volunteers who may even one day dig a pond of their own and thus enable me to return the favour. Although I designed it myself and used various guides and forum posts to help me decide things like how deep to make it, I owe the ‘how to’ almost entirely to Dr Jeremy Biggs of Pond Conservation, and his very fine pond-digging blog post here. I missed out some steps and sometimes went my own way but generally followed his guidance and superior pond know-how*. Thanks Dr Biggs!

Thanks are also due to my lovely neighbour, who lent us a wheelbarrow and a spade (and encouragement!).

There’s not much point in me reproducing what Dr Biggs has already written so well so I have just picked a selection of pictures showing how we made progress over the 3 days. By the fourth day I was also well on my way to having a wildflower meadow in my front garden but that’s another story!

Outline marked out
Outline marked out
First cut
First cut
First ring of turf removed
First ring of turf removed
Turf removal progress
Turf removal progress
All turf gone!
All turf gone!
Levellin', levellin' levellin, we're levellin' like this...
Levellin’, levellin’ levellin, we’re levellin’ like this…
Deeper basins dug out
Deeper basins dug out
Spade deep
Spade deep
Liner
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First water before securing liner with turves
First water before securing liner with turves
Adding substrate
Adding substrate
Filling it up
Filling it up
20 mins later
20 mins later
Just over an hour of filling
Just over an hour of filling
Another 15 mins later
Another 15 mins later
2 hours from the beginning
2 hours from the beginning
The next morning
The next morning – 2 whole water butts and the pond is just shy of full

Now I am just waiting for some more substrate to build up (dead leaves and such). I was excited to see a pond skater in there the second day but this has now left in high dudgeon due to lack of food! I think I will buy some plants at some point (not from a garden centre but very carefully selected species from a pond specialist). I now can’t wait for rain so the pond can full up!

*While I have a lot to do with pond management in my professional life I have never dug one myself and they are usually not garden-sized or for wildlife purposes!

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2 thoughts on “The Pond”

  1. Did you do any digging or did you just take loads of pictures of others doing the work? 🙂
    It’s looking really good. Can’t wait to see it for real. I also can’t wait for the first “cat fell in the pond” story!

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