Wildlife pond digging out
Work has started on getting my pond dug out. I have a couple of questions to ask before I go any further regarding shelves and slops. I did say I'd be back with more questions Although I hadn't suspected quite so soon!
After marking out I started removing the soil. Currently around 2/3 done as you can see from my picture. However it occurs to my that if I want to have a gradual slop/beach effect with stones and pebble at one end I need to address this now before I remove any more soil. Am I right? If so, how much of a slop should there be? I hope I am explaining myself right!
I've marked the area where I want the slop to be with canes. I think this end of the pond would be best as I can eventually blend the surrounding planting in with what's already there. Here's a look from another angle.
I have another question(s) if I may? Regarding shelves. How deep should they be? I would like a water lily, Hortum-cretae suggested a couple of small lilies and am incluned to agree. How deep do I need to dig to have them survive? Should the deepest section be in the middle? What depth should other shelves be? Is one spade depth enough for any plants I choose to plant around the pond edge/margin.
Again, thanks for all you advice. I realy want to get this right first time and all your expertise is worth it's weight in gold!