If you liked our blog on how to create a pond, and maybe didn’t have enough time or space, this post is for you. Our friends at the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust give some top tips on how to create mini pond. Using a small container like a Belfast sink, which can be picked up easily from reclamation yard, you can make a small water feature, ideal for a patio or compact garden.
Seven simple steps to make a mini pond
- Make your sink watertight. If the plug has gone missing, don’t worry, a small blob of concrete will quickly make it watertight
- Put in a layer of gravel or stones on the bottom. This will hide your plug hole and provide habitat for small insects
- If you can, fill the pond from a water butt. Otherwise let the water stand for a couple of days
- Introduce aquatic plants. Try to choose one plant for height, such as a Cyperus or Iris Pseudacorus. Most garden centres now stock a range of plants, including vital oxygenators. For preference put plants in aquatic baskets, but just a simple pot will be enough to stop plants spreading.
- Put a couple of staggered bricks inside the sink to help creatures to climb out and go searching for slugs. This one also has a ramp to ground level and has been quickly colonised by frogs.
- Raise the sink on bricks to give toads and newts a damp and dark space to enjoy underneath. This will be especially popular if it’s surrounded by dense planting, such as wild strawberries, scented hardy geraniums or ferns.
- Create somewhere for birds to perch so they can bathe or investigate. Something as simple as a tethered stick is ideal.
Sit back and watch wildlife come to your garden
Your mini pond will be a great home for amphibians, birds and insects. If you’re lucky you might see bright blue and red damsel flies skimming the surface of the water looking for somewhere to lay their eggs.
For more information see this great video on how to make your garden reptile and amphibian-friendly.