Family Planting: Pond in a Pot

Those with a small yard can enjoy the aesthetic and wildlife benefits that a pond can bring.
Pond in Wooden Barrel Fits in Small Space

Pond in Wooden Barrel Fits in Small Space

Soaked wooden barrels should become water tight. Fill soaked barrel with rainwater. Put a selection of aquatic plants in aquatic planting baskets filled with aquatic compost. Place a layer of pea gravel over the surface of each pot.

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Soaked wooden barrels should become water tight. Fill soaked barrel with rainwater. Put a selection of aquatic plants in aquatic planting baskets filled with aquatic compost. Place a layer of pea gravel over the surface of each pot.

A large pot or half barrel makes a great pond, and there are many smaller-scale pond plants that will fit in the container perfectly. It is true that larger-scale ponds are the easiest to maintain, as they are slower to warm up and cool down than smaller ponds, but you will be surprised by how much wildlife makes use of your little watery oasis.

Border Basics

  • Size: 24 in (60 cm) diameter
  • Suits: The corner of a patio
  • Soil: Aquatic compost Site A spot that has sun for about half the day

Shopping List

  • 1 x Nymphaea “Pygmaea Helvola”
  • 1 x Nymphaea “Pygmaea Rubra”
  • 1 x Typha minima
  • 1 x Myriophyllum aquaticum

Planting and Aftercare

Half barrels, when soaked, should become watertight, but it is hard to get them wet enough and you may find it easier to use a piece of pond liner that is stapled or tacked around the insides of the pot. Once you have done this, fill with water. Ideally, this should be rainwater, but use tap water if you don’t have a water barrel. Put all the plants into aquatic planting baskets—special plastic mesh containers filled with aquatic compost. Place a layer of pea gravel or similar over the surface of each pot and then put on the bottom of the container. Many oxygenating plants do not need planting and simply float just above or below the surface. A pile of stones or a small wooden ramp will allow wildlife to find its way in and out.

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