Building a wildlife pond in October
I really enjoy reading other forum members' posts about pond creation, so I thought I'd share the process of my own
Somehow I wasn't able to get round to starting it until this month. At least that meant I avoided the hot weather, but now it's a race to get it finished before the rain sets in properly!
Other issues with starting a pond now: my local aquatic shops didn't have much choice of plants left on offer. I managed to get some marginals and equisetum, but no oxygenators or surface cover plants. Do you think that's going to be a problem over winter? Should I try to find them online?
Anyway, here are some progress photos. I chose a spot at the end of an awkward lawn that's more weeds than grass! It gets a good balance of sun and shade, and it's near the sparrows' favourite hedge so they can bathe conveniently Round about will be planting, some stepping stones and ideally a small bog garden.
First day's work (it's OK, there were three of us to do the turf-cutting and digging!). The pond is around 2.5 x 2.5 metres, and 0.5m at the deepest part.
Second day's work - lining with old carpet!
The next task is to add the liner, I'm slightly dreading it because it's going to be very fiddly
I went out in the dark afterwards to clear up and saw a large frog hopping along the path, so hopefully the pond will soon have inhabitants!