Pond Gardens, Water Gardens
When people think of Pond or Water Gardens, they usually think of Goldfish
and Koi that are commonly stocked in the ponds. But, as gardeners, we know
better. We know that people really create a Pond Garden for the gardening
aspect of it. We use them to grow pond garden plants!
Water gardens open up a vast new arena for home gardeners. The selection
of plants is varied and unique. The current popularity of fish ponds brings
with it an increased interest for exotic plants. These plants provide four
They help to aerate the water for the fish.
They often are a source of food for the fish.
They decorate the pond, creating a more natural setting.
They afford the gardener a new avenue for their hobby.
Fish and garden supply stores offer a wide array of plants suitable for water
gardens. The most common are Koi and Goldfish. But, there is a wide variety
of plants and landscaping, to help you make your pond garden the envy of
all your friends and neighbors.
Building your Water Garden:
The most important decision you will make is selecting where to place your
water garden. You will want it in a place that is visible to you, and
where you can enjoy walking or sitting by it. Avoid high traffic areas of
your yard, and especially areas where kid play and can fall into it, or drop
balls, toys and other objects.
Once you think you have the perfect spot, outline it and leave the outline
in place for a few days. Examine the location, from different angles and
perspectives. Imagine it being there all four season of the year.
Pond gardens require a plan. You will need to dig a hole deep enough for
your fish to survive under ice all winter long. You will need a variety of
supplies: liner, pump and tubing, landscaping, lighting, fish, and most
importantly...plants. We suggest you buy and read a book on the topic, or
visit a pond supply store before you set your final plans.
Common Water Plants:
Water Lilies are by far the most commonly known and sought plants. They come
in a wide variety and can be found at garden and pond supply stores.
Lotus are also quite common.
Pond Netting Protection:
The use of pond netting during certain times of the year, is advantageous
for many reasons.
As fall arrives, pond netting captures leaves, keeping them from filling
up your pond and clogging filter systems. 1/2" to 1/4" mesh is recommended
to capture debris.
Predators can visit your pond. While birds are the most common predators,
there are a variety of animals, including your house cat, that may "fish"
at your pond. They can quickly harvest koi and other fish that you have stocked.
If a problems exists, cover your pond whenever possible, especially when
you are away from home.
Buy Pond Netting in a variety of sizes.