Is there life after ponds?

So we just made a small pond in the garden, in honour of World Wetlands Day – Wednesday. wetlands/world-wetlands-day/index.html. It’s about a foot deep and not very wide. Lined with tough plastic.

Any handy tips from veteran ponders? We’d like to find a battery powered pump, for occasional use. Also need to somehow beautify the edges and cover up the plastic. What are the best plant species to incorporate, beyond the obvious water lilly? We want to attract birds, frogs, etc etc. Thinking about putting small fish in, but it seems cruel unless there’s a decent pump involved. Any comments welcomed.

I’d also like to make an actual ‘wet land’ although that’s picturesque dampness on a much larger scale!

3 Responses to Is there life after ponds?

  1. Michael January 31, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Hi – I would suggest using a solar powered pump – you can get one at the green shop at the Cape Quarter Shopping center in Cape Town.


  2. Jennifer Mitchell January 31, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    I specialise in wildlife-friendly garden designs for small spaces. I’m sure I could come up with the perfect pond and wetland design for you complete with indigenous plant list etc. Have a look at my website for more details.
    Good luck with the wildlife gardening!

  3. Gareth February 4, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    thanks Michael and Jennifer. The solar powered pump is EXACTLY what we need. I love that shop- look for their rainbow maker window crystals as well…just for fun…

    I’ll look at your site, Jennifer, and will definitely be in touch at some stage. Good weekend, greenies!

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