A Visitor at the Pond

20 July 2020

Throughout this spring and summer I have been finding many different ways to attract more wildlife in the garden and to do my part for nature. I've always enjoyed helping wildlife, since I was young, always looking out for different species of wildlife that came into the garden. I had always wanted to build a mini pond in the garden and so after seeing plenty of ideas on BBC Spring Watch and Gardener's World, I decided to have a go at building one myself.

As we have quite a small garden my mum suggested that instead of digging a pond into the ground, I make a mini pond to sit in the border amongst the plants. So I purchased a half barrel planter online which turned out to be the perfect size to sit in the border. Next up on my to-do list was to gather my pond plants. I bought an oxygenating plant called a red stemmed parrot feather, which sits at the bottom of the barrel submerged under the water and two plants that aren't completely under water, a water iris, a mini reed plant and not to mention a water lettuce which is by far my favourite!

After gathering all the plants I needed to start with, I then placed two bricks inside the barrel to create a ledge for my reed and iris. I placed another brick with a large rock placed on top, should any wildlife need to climb out and then placed some smaller stones at the bottom of the barrel around the bricks. Once I was happy with where everything was placed, I filled up the barrel with water from the tap outside. I've heard that it's best to fill up with rain water but our water butt seems to have a hole in it so I stuck with water from the outside tap. Once filled up I then placed the pond lettuce on top to float around the barrel. Around the outside of the barrel I made stepping stones up towards the barrel for wildlife and planted some flowers around the side of the barrel for more cover. 

Each day I've been checking the pond to see if any wildlife has visited and last weekend, after planting some new flowers around the pond for extra cover, I spotted something behind the reed plant. I looked closely and to my surprise there was a common frog! I've only had my pond for a week and never would I ever had thought I'd see a frog in my pond so quickly. I stayed outside in the garden for most of the day, watching the frog as it swam around the pond and rest upon the rocks that I built up in the pond. It's warmed my heart knowing that something I've built has made wildlife happy.

If you'd like to have a go at making your own mini wildlife pond you can check out these sites I found very helpful when creating my pond:

The Wildlife Trust
Gardener's World

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