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Would this make a good mini pond?

FlyDragonFlyDragon Greater ManchesterPosts: 653
edited June 2020 in Wildlife gardening
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B077QBSMPL/ref=sbl_dpx_B00NWI4WB0_0?th=1

I have a shady spot where frogs seem to enjoy hanging out, seems a shame not to make the most of it!  I don't have oodles of spare time though so needs to be fairly low maintenance, and I have an elderly dog whose eyesight is not the best so it needs to be above ground level and not too much of an obstacle for him, hence a mini pond rather than a proper one!

What do you think?
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,520
    It's terribly shallow. 16 cm.  I think it would still heat up a lot in the shade, unless it was in the ground, and get a bit manky.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • FlyDragonFlyDragon Greater ManchesterPosts: 653
    I've just realised it comes with drainage holes already drilled too.  Nevermind, keep looking!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,520
    That looks better  :)
    You'll need a few rocks, twigs etc at the sides for easy access, in and out. If you can create a shallow enough bits, birds and insects will use it too.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • FlyDragonFlyDragon Greater ManchesterPosts: 653
    Thanks, will have to go out and measure to make sure the space is big enough, when I can bother getting dressed!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,520
    Tut tut. How slovenly..... :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • FlyDragonFlyDragon Greater ManchesterPosts: 653
    Fairygirl said:
    Tut tut. How slovenly..... :D
    Meh, its raining!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,520
    Saves you getting dressed then  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 1,860
    I've seen people use plastic baby baths....
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,168
    @FlyDragon One tip about ponds.  We have two, a black one in our garden much like the one you are thinking of buying, and a green one at our allotment.  You can see much more of the plants and the wildlife especially (damselfly larvae, snails, etc) in the green one.  The black one is so dark that you can't see much below the surface.

    If this matters to you, if you have kids for example who want to see the critters, then try to find something paler for the pond material.  You'll still see lots either way, but it does make a bit of a difference in our experience.

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