A strange subject for a stock photography website you may think, and you'd probably be right. But anyway, I decided to combine this garden project with an opportunity to create some different stock photos.
So.... a wildlife pond. Basically a garden pond which will be left to attract whatever wildlife decides to take up residence.
And how did I start....
...................................I dug a hole! This is ~ 2.5m x 1.8m, with a depth of ~ 60cm in the middle section to ensure that there is always some part of the pond that is not frozen in Winter. The far end is ~ 35cm deep, with a shallow area at the front at around 15cm deep. It's important to remove as many of the stones as possible to prevent perforating the liner when filled with water.
Achilles - I'd heard that too about ponds. The plants I've bought from a local supplier who grows them in huge but beautifully clear ponds - I'm hoping that the microrganisms etc will be present in the water/soil that came with these plants. The "final" pic I uploaded was taken just after I'd put the plants in, and the cloudyness is from the loose soil disturbed in the pots - it looks pretty clear now that this has settled.
I won't be adding any fish - but a frog has taken up residence already!
Ian, I've heard that you need to go to a local lake with a very clean recipient and get some water from there (get a boat or from a pier, not from the shore) then poor it in the middle of your pond. They say it will help your pond's water to become clean and fresh. It's some sort of chemistry and micro-organisms that once poured into the middle of your pond will help it. Also, it seems that local plants will be better for the entire pond not just for themselves. Don't be tempted to add fish, it will not work. Never tried this, but I've seen it in several places.
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