Q. How do I build this mini pond?
I’d like to add a water feature of some kind to my tiny back garden, but I don’t have space for a pond.
I came across a large rigid tub at a garden centre recently and I wondered whether this would be suitable for using as a water feature. If so, please could you give me some advice on how best to set this up as a mini pond— and is there a way to disguise the black plastic edges, please?
I want to add a few plants, but due to the size of the tub, there won’t be any fish in this pond. KATIE LEWIS, EMAIL
AThis kind of project is very simple to do, doesn’t take up a lot of space and can look really effective.
There are several ways you can go about doing this, but here’s how Melissa Mabbitt of Modern Gardens magazine, did something similar in her own garden.
7 The completed pond — we’ve positioned this one in a border.
5 Cover the surface with gravel to stop the compost floating free. Place the baskets on bricks to achieve the correct levels for the marginal plants.
3 Build up the sides using bricks or stone. We used limestone for a dry wall effect, with dabs of mortar to firm the shell. Try to hide the edges of the container.
1 Make a bed of sand at least 5cm/2in thick and rake it level. Check that it’s perfectly horizontal using a spirit level, or it will be obvious once it’s filled with water.
6 Add a free-floating plant for a finishing touch. We’ve used Water lettuce, Pistia stratiotes.
2 Place the container you are using on top of the sand and re-check the level with the spirit level in all directions.
4 Plant miniature lilies and marginals in baskets using aquatic compost.