Gardening: The Pond Problem

Last summer one of my sons decided he would build a pond in our backyard. He did a beautiful job with the landscaping but a few problems occurred; first the pond liner was no match for Thor’s sharp toe nails. He punctured the lining twice and each time we had to start over. This year it will be different. We have new ideas.

The Pond

The Pond

This is our starting point for this year. It’s not too bad. The poor Japanese Maple tree lost most of its branches during the one foot snow fall we had this winter. The snow covered the tree and Thor loved to climb on the snow hill and look over the fence.

Lots of Snow

Lots of Snow

 

The biggest job, digging the hold, is done. Notice the flagstones along the left side of the pont. These help keep the soil in place. This would be a good place to grow a ground cover that loves to creep around rocks. That’s what I’ll be researching for this area. The convoluted twiggy thing on the right is a Wisteria plant. It will grow all over the trellis making this a shady area.

Canopy Over the Pond

Canopy Over the Pond

In front of the canopy I’ve nailed up a couple of old trellises. I haven’t decided what should climb up these rails but I have planted a couple of columbine plants with yellow-pink flowers. They won’t climb the trellis so there is still room for a climber to share this space.

In front of these plants another triangle is taking shape – this is a sunny area where berries will grow. Berries are very expensive to buy in the grocery store but they grow like weeks on the right kind of soil. Berries like soil that drains well and isn’t too alkaline. I have rasberries and blueberries growing here.

Berries are Food

Berries are Food

It should be possible to fit in a couple of herbs here too. I’m considering thyme or chamomile.

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