I’ve found space for a small wildlife pond on my allotment. It’s only about 100cm by 60cm and 50 cm at the pond’s deepest point. I hope this little wildlife pond will attract some frogs to help with slug control. First I dug the hole for the pond then lined it with an old duvet. next I fitted the pond liner which was just large enough for the job.
I filled the wildlife pond up with rainwater then places some old wooden off cuts around it to hold the pond liner in place. I’ll leave it for a few weeks before adding anything to the pond.
Now it’s time to start looking for another pond to get some pond weed from. If I’m lucky it still might not be too late in the year for some tadpoles or small frogs. I’ve also got to create a rockery effect on the limited space around the wildlife pond with some hiding holes for creatures to shelter in. Also the allotment owners are a bit hot on health and safety so I’ve got to put up a reasonably secure fence around the pond so any wondering child can’t accidently fall in.
(Pond update) I’ve now finished the wildlife pond, I wanted to create lots of shelter / hiding holes in the rockery. I netted the top to reduce the amount of debris falling in from the tree it’s under. Also fitted a little solar powered pond fountain to help aerate the water.
I had to adjust the fountain by adding some micro bore irrigation hose.
I hope the tape holds over time. Now I’ve still got to find some tadpoles / frogs. After the rockery weathers a bit I’ll look for some small alpine type plants to start growing on the stone. I also built in a few tunnels where the frogs can access the pond and afterwards my plot to go slug hunting. Allotment wildlife pond complete! (For now)
The wildlife pond is starting to settle in and age. I was suprised that the duckweed hasn’t taken over the pond. The fountain is still working fine. I’ve topped it up with rain water a few times. Best of all a couple of frogs have now moved in. I’m also going to try putting some moss and grass on the rockery area to create some cover over some of the hiding holes.