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D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Saint Yrieix La Perche, Haute Vienne/Dordogne border. FrancePosts: 3,360

I am building a large rockery over the winter and quite like the idea of a small pond in it. However, the budget is very limited (OH has a priority list and garden isn't on it), I have seen a small preformed pond (74 x 89 x 30cm) and as there is no electricity anywhere close was wondering about a small solar powered oxgenating pump. 

Can people tell me their thoughts on this, will it be so small that it will just be a waste of time (have a little image of a few pond plants, iris, little grasses and lobelia). 

It is not a typical space for a rockery, it has pockets of shade and partial shade, but when the sun hits the main bit it does get hot. Was thinking of putting pond in the shadiest bit. 

Like the idea of attracting wildlife, not sure about fish, (will it be too small? ) but don't want it to become a midgy hot spot.

Grateful for any ideas/advice, especially about efficiency of solar pumps. 

Thank you. 

"To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,960

    If it's to be a wildlife pond you don't need a pump or fish.  We put in a small pond last year using a flexible liner - the pond is about 2m x 1.5m and only about 2ft deep at the deepest bit - we couldn't go deeper because of tree roots.  It's in shade for half of the day and for our pond this is good because as it's shallow the water would overheat if it was in sunlight all day.  We put plenty of native plants in the pond, especially hornwort, watercress and brooklime which are good oxygenators.  We started things off with a couple of litres of water from a ditch on the nearby marshes and within a few weeks wildlife was making itself at home.  We have Common newts, frogs, toads, damsel and dragon flies to name just a few creatures regularly seen thereand a grass snake has visited and eaten a frog.  It's the best thing we've done in this garden - we waste hours laying on our tummies peering into the water watching the life in there - much better than the telly image 

    The first pic is quite soon after it was planted etc, and the second is just a couple of months later image

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  • D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Saint Yrieix La Perche, Haute Vienne/Dordogne border. FrancePosts: 3,360

    Thank you both so much, Dove really super pics and the wildlife is exactly the sort of thing I am after. Good to hear I won't need a pump, seems if you get the right plants they do all the work. image

    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,541

    Hi DD think a pond no matter how small will be fantastic image

    Not an expert but sure I heard or read they are best in sunny positions though?

    doves pond is gorgeous image

  • D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Saint Yrieix La Perche, Haute Vienne/Dordogne border. FrancePosts: 3,360

    They sound interesting. I am hoping for good things, our garden backs onto a large pond that clearly has fish in it and lots of wildlife, think I will be getting my first few buckets of water from there. image

    I didn't realise how easy (with some planning) it would be to make a wildlife pond, have read lots of interesting posts and information sites. We have actually had a few frogs end up in the swimming pool so hopefully their own more suitable pool will save them that trauma. 

    We do have a lot of very mature trees and am concsious of all the leaves but with some forethought hopefully we can prevent too many ending up in the pond. My biggest concern was it going stagnant without aeration but again seems if I get the right plants all will be well. 

    Quite excited about it all now, autumn garden jobs coming to an end so work on rockery to start soon and all advice seems to be build in winter, plant up in spring. Timing is perfect. image

    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • I made a pond 2 metres x 3 metres in my garden in Maidenhead, Berkshire.  I filled it with tap-water and added oxygenating plants and marginal plants.  Within days the pond had been colonised by all sorts of flying insects and snails.  Then newts, frogs, toads and a snake.  When we saw nine young ducklings swimming about on it we realised it was a success!  Our cats were very nervous of them and hid in the undergrowth!

  • I recently saw a thread where someone had simply sunk an old plastic washing up bowl into the ground and then planted a few smaller marginal plants  in it. Within a couple of months they had posted a picture of a frog enjoying the water and the plant life image So I guess no bit of water is too small to enhance your garden.

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ^lol..I'd like to have seen that actually..... I once used an upturned large dustbin lid sunk into the ground, couple of stones and it wasn't long before all sorts of things were swimming around in there...

  • D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Saint Yrieix La Perche, Haute Vienne/Dordogne border. FrancePosts: 3,360

    All very positive. Thanks.image

    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/wildlife-gardening/even-a-micro-pond-helps/492197.html

    not sure if this link will work Salino but this is the post I was mentioning.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,519

    Any size of pond is worth it DD. As philippa said - get the balance right with plants in the pond and don't forget the surrounding planting areas too, and it will be an asset. I've had ponds of all sizes from a few feet long to 60 feet long and they all do the job of attracting wildlife. The brighter the spot it's in the better but a tiny water lily will help with the surface shading. My girls bought me a pygmy one recently for my birthday for my tiny new pond here  image

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