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gravel for a belfast sink pond?

I am about to convert a Belfast sink into a pod, now that I have covered the plug hole successfully. do I need to line the bottom with gravel?

 

is there some special gravel I need or will a bag from say homebase do the trick, maybe if I wash it a couple of times in a bucket first?

 

thx

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 18,968

    You could use pea gravel, wash it first. There is no need to put anything in the bottom though. Just get some aquatic compost and put some pond plants in.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,785

    It's a pond.. just a typo.  

    Do you plan to grow plants in the water?  If so, you'll have them in baskets, but sometimes stones/pea gravel over the soil helps keep them down and keep the soil in.  I don't think you really need any gravel, unless you want it for aesthetics.  If you do, just make sure it's not limestone or something else that might dissolve in the water.  A bag of normal crushed rock from a DIY store is fine, just rinse it a few times as you mentioned.  

    Also consider how little critters will get out if they do fall in.  Hedgehogs need a way to pull themselves up out of the water.  

    Utah, USA.
  • jpsbcfcjpsbcfc Posts: 50
    Thanks guys.yeah a pond not a pod sorry

    I was thinking about a plant or two but only if it makes it more inviting to the wildlife.



    I know I need steps i have stones and bricks lined up for that

    I wil find some aquatic compost them i think and not bother with the gravel
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,785

    I'd put some pretty glass stones from Poundland in there.. a few bags would be enough to add a bit of sparkle at the bottom of the water.  

    Utah, USA.
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