Our little cottage garden is quite small so there’s not much we can do with it. It is mostly paved over with border beds, though they are thriving with greenery, and a large apple tree and several rose bushes. It’s very pretty but it would benefit from a water feature.
So we bought an old Belfast sink through Gumtree, took a bank holiday trip to the local garden centre and bought a variety of pond plants and gravel. First attempt the water was very red and cloudy (from the pre-washed gravel – washed in clay??) so it needed a re fill and now it’s really quite clear.
An old milk bottle top did the trick of blocking the plug hole and the fern and bamboo will provide some shade to keep the water cool.
The RSPB website has a really helpful guide if you want to have a go at creating a little pond in your garden yourself.
And now we just wait for all the amphibians in the neighbourhood to discover it. :)