Adding Plants to Your Garden Pond
Choose a variety of different plants for your pond to establish a natural balance that will help keep the water clear, and provide the best habitat for plants and wildlife.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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When to Plant: Mid- to late spring
At Their Best: Summer
Time to Complete: 30 minutes per plant
- aquatic plant basket or fine-netted pond bag
- aquatic soil
- water lily or pond plant
- pea gravel
Fill a Basket
Choose an aquatic pond basket that has small holes in the sides to stop the soil from leaking out into the water. Place a layer of aquatic soil in the bottom. Don't use garden soil because it may contain nutrients that encourage algae.
Add the Plant
Carefully remove the water lily or pond plant from its original pot and place it in the center of the basket at the same level. Fill in around the plant with more aquatic soil, firming it down with your fingertips as you go.
Mulch With Gravel
Check the plant carefully, and clean off any duckweed (small round leaves) or algae from the stems and leaves. To stabilize the soil surface, add a layer of pea gravel; rinse it first several times to remove any impurities or dirt.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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