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14/11/2012 at 18:27

Hi, I would like to putr a pond in my small back garden, using something like an old trug or washing bowl.

how deep and wide would you suggest the receptacle, as I do not have much space, but want to encourage more wildlife?

thanks

14/11/2012 at 19:27

Sorry-but this wont work as a permanent feature-just nowhere big enough-a pond needs to be well- pond-size-what you will end up with is a bowl of green stagnant water- probably with a few dead bugs or worse

 

14/11/2012 at 19:33
I've a gardening book with it in. It's got a picture of a large plastic bucket of water saying,"plant with dwarf or miniature varieties of nymphaea and eichhornia crassipes"

And spotted this:
http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/potted-ponds-in-thailand/1785.html
14/11/2012 at 21:29

http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/creative-projects/how-to-make-a-mini-pond/251.html

 have just followed this not fully planted up yet, will have to wait till spring to finish, I have a pygmy water lily and some oxygen weed at moment.

Waiting for wildlife but have seen birds drinking, waiting for spring again

14/11/2012 at 22:44

Really, for a pond to stay clear and healthy and not freeze in winter it should be at least 18" deep in the deepest bit, but it can have shallower shelves as well. It should be big enough to put oxygenating plants and some other pond plants in it. About a metre wide minimum. Otherwise it will go green or stagnant and smelly after a while and will have to be cleaned out regularly. Sotongeoff is right if you want a permanent pond and not just a sort of temporary flower arrangement.

15/11/2012 at 06:23

Even the smallest containers of water are helpful to wildlife. There are no limits.

A container just a couple of inches is deep is sufficient for frogs to lay spawn.

A small basin of water, kept ice free during the day, is useful to birds in Winter.

I have an upturned dustbin lid in a depression on the the ground, containing a few stones and water, which is used by birds and small animals.

If you were to use a washing up bowl, then I'd include a big stone, in the bowl at the side, so that small animals could get in and out easily. And birds could stand on the stone, to drink and wash.

15/11/2012 at 07:22

Yes, frogs will spawn in a small amount of water if there is nowhere more suitable around, but what if it freezes solid, or dries up?  And what will the tadpoles have to eat? 

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