Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:55
Hi frensclan, a few people did scoff when they saw how minute the pond really was, but it's proved me right after all! It was really easy to make - I just made sure the old washing up bowl was clean (no residual soap or cleaners) then dug a hole large enough to take it. It wasn't even a very even hole as I discovered when I added the water - even though I'd supposedly checked with a spirit level!
I did put some gravel at the bottom of the hole to add support to the bowl, then popped it in and backfilled round the sides to stabilise it. I sieved agricultural gravel (quite small) to clean the dust out of it and then put a good layer in the bowl. Next bit was the fun part - adding a selection of small stones, pebbles and mini clay pots to create shelters and shelves that would allow anything to climb out.
I filled the bowl with water and then landscaped the area around it to make it look more natural. Finally I bought two marginal plants and popped them into the bowl, weighting the pots down with a few more stones. I told the guy at the garden centre just how small the pond was and took his recommendations on which plants would suit.
I did have some rather grim looking red algae after a couple of weeks but that cleared up and I noticed quite a few tiny wriggly worms and other mini creatures in there. The water was nice and clear. It looks fairly overgrown now and the water is rather more green and murky now - I tend to just reguarly remove any slimy green stuff with a stick that I keep nearby for just that job.
Anyway - I guess that the frog pretty much confirms that whatever I've done is working so I'm really thrilled. It was easy to do, doesn't take any time to look after and just needs a top up in the hot weather as it's so small. Win win really! Only thing now is that I can't stop nipping outside to see if Mr frog is sitting there!
Hope you decide to go ahead with one and look forward to seeing some photos!