One day a friend gave us a 50 gallon food safe barrel. And, like what often is the case I had an “ah ha moment". And said to Ted “Let’s cut in down, and I’ll dig a hole and sink it into the ground and have a little pond”. And that is what happened.
Water Lettuce and little goldfish added to the charm of this little pond. My garden paths are lined with local pink limestone. The limestone edge hides the barrel.
The next year or so, after reading books on how to build a pond. I came up with this idea. I ordered the liner and a little pump online.
The water circulated from the lower pond up through the upper bog. The left side of the bog was filled with washed gravel. I washed it and ran it through a plastic colander, bucket by bucket. Then planted a ribbon grass in the water. This worked for a few years, but the gravel eventually got messy and I wanted a bigger pond. Water quickly evaporated from this pond. A fragrant Roman Chamomile volunteer can be seen in front. Last spring, we ordered a new, better liner and picked a spot where the pond is visible from our kitchen-dining room windows. The old pond spot became a raised bed created by the dirt taken from the new pond. I made sure to put the poorer dirt in the bottom of the bed and the richer dirt on top.
Ta-da! I think I like it!
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