Our home garden hosts a lot of honey bees, birds and other exotic creatures drinking water from a small bowl kept near the water tank, which need to be filled up daily. So, I have decided to build a small pond which will provide drinking water to the fauna in the garden as well to be a place to sit around. The pond will also host some fish which will eat away the mosquito larvae from the pond water.
This step-by-step instructable is about how we built our small garden pond.
Step 1: Selection of Site
Select a site which gets full sunlight for about three to four hours a day. The site should be away from trees which shed leaves.
Here I have selected a site which gets sunlight for about four hours and nearer to an young coconut palm, which does not shed leaves. The excess water with fish waste will be used to irrigate the coconut palm.
Step 2: Tools and Equipment Required
Tools and equipment required:
- A measuring scale to measure and mark the area.
- A small crowbar to dig.
- A spade small or big to work with excavated earth.
- A pan to mix mud mortar for mud plaster.
- A mason trawl for mud plaster.
- A plastic container to carry water.
- A spirit Level to level the pond top.
- An old measuring tape or string to measure circumference.
- About two feet of 20 mm dia PVC pipe to be used for drainage of excess water from the pond.
Step 3: Pond Liner
You can use concrete or a water-proof material as pond liner. If you go for concreting the entire pond, allow curing period and change the water before adding any plant or fish.
I have purchased a water-proof tarpaulin of 6 ft x 9 ft size. it costed about three dollars (185 Indian Rupees).