Step 1: Choose a Container and Dig a Hole
We chose an old Rubbermaid tub that was used for storage. Make sure it is clean and free from oils. Find a sunny location. Your pond will need at least 6 hours of sunshine per day. We chose to dig a hole and put our tub in the ground, but you can have yours on the patio, on a deck, or in the yard.
Step 2: Line Your New Pond
Step 3: Fill With Water
Fill your new pond with water. It is not necessary, but you may also want to check for pH level. The perfect level is 6-7.
Step 4: Choose Your Pond Plants
Follow this link here >I have a large selection of big fat pond plants.
They are very easy to ship! Good beginning pond plants are: (pictured) frogbit, water hyacinth, pennywort, and parrot feather.
Some more easy plants to grow are:
Step 5: Decorate Your New Pond
At first we decorated the outer edge with a montage of old broken plates. But then I felt it was a hazard with the sharp edges. I found some small sample tiles that were being thrown away from a tile store. This made a nice border. Potted plants also look nice around a Rubbermade tub.
You can find all sorts of FREE PLANTS on http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/
And at: http://www.freecycle.org/
Step 6: Other Mini Ponds You Can Make
See info for growing pond plants in cold climates: Follow this link > Cold Climate Ponds