Chinese gardeners already recommended it hundreds of years ago, to set up a pond in the garden. Trust them and find a place for them also at home, even on the balcony. Water gives more benefits, than you think.
Even in the smallest garden it is worth having a place for a pond. The water surface will optically enlarge the space, reflecting the sky and plants. A friendly microclimate will surely be created around it. On hot days, humid air will cool the immediate surroundings, it will also prevent the plants from drying out. The sound of the water will soothe your nerves, and quiet, A steady splash will slow your heart rate and help relax tense muscles. Water, especially from the gushing fountain, it can also become a great filter of air pollutants: pollen, course. It should be appreciated especially by allergy sufferers!
Flowers for a floating garden
Kaczeniec – Suitable for planting the edges of a pond. It grows in height 15-30 cm. It blooms in spring and early summer.
Iris – We plant it in the wet zone around the pond, blooms at the beginning of summer. Likes a sunny or slightly shaded place.
Water lily – It has nice heart-shaped leaves and beautiful flowers, but low requirements. It grows well in sunny places. It blooms in summer.
Jaskier – It blooms in late spring and stays on shoots for a long time. He likes a sunny place. It grows strongly and quickly.
Water lily – It has white or pink flowers. I need deep water – the tank must have at least 60 cm deep, otherwise the plant will not grow.
Sturgeon – It belongs to the big fish, so don't grow it in a small pond. It also needs a lot of oxygen. It mainly swims at the bottom, therefore it is necessary to provide him with food, which sinks to the bottom. He eats algae willingly.
Decorative crucian carp – Also called goldfish, it has many color varieties from golden yellow to dark red. He will endure all conditions.
The perfect place for a pond should be sunny in the morning, and in the afternoon shaded. Excess sun promotes the multiplication of algae, which means the need for frequent water treatment and the formation of mosquito habitats.
You can install a lighting system in and around the pond, which will give an amazing effect on a summer evening. They can be special, storm- and temperature-resistant floating lamps or even underwater floodlights.
How to set up a small pond
1. Mark the contours
The easiest way to make a stitch, using a ready-made form of plastic. In gardening stores there is a large selection of models in various sizes. Place the form in the selected place and draw its outline – mark it with stakes or sand.
2. Dig a hole
It should be consistent with the shape of the mold but deeper and larger by approx. 10 cm on each side.
Pour on the bottom of the excavation 10 cm layer of sand.
3. Embed the form
Place the mold on the sand, fill in in 1/3 water. The edges of the cookware should be on the same level. Check with a spirit level, the mold is correctly aligned horizontally.
4. Tighten the eyelet
Between the form and the edges of the excavation there is an embankment of sand. Pour water over it, to fill the space tightly. if it's required, add sand. Pour into the pond of water. Decorate the banks with pebbles.
5. Plant the plants
It is best to put them in baskets or special openwork pockets made of coconut fiber. The roots easily grow through the eyes and draw nutrients from the water, and in the event of a water change, they can be easily removed. On 1 sqm. they are enough 2-3 plants, of which 1/3 should be underwater plants.
6. Let the fishes in
Place the bag of fish in the pond to even out the temperature.
After half an hour, gently open it and blow some water from the pond. Leave for another 10 minutes. Then release the fish. (Caution!
There must not be more than 1 cubic meter of water per cubic meter of water 80 cm of the fish – you count it, by adding up the lengths of all your fish.)