I will do my best to not hate eclipse here, I promise instead, I would like to invite you to have a look at the garden pond we renovated this spring to make it suitable for the wide range of animals. How? Through photos, of course
It all started in 2014 or 2015, when my parents bought a property, as in the last years, they truly dreamed about having a weekend house. It is typical for many parents who just have adults kids leaving the nest - they simply need a new project they would share and work on.
The cottage has a lovely garden (more than 2000 m2). I quite like it. And what is the most important thing for me? It also has a pond. I've always loved water, all my relatives and friends can confirm that every time we plan a trip, I insist on some pond, stream or river to be nearby. Yeah, I can be a pain in the ass
What we wanted to do? As the pond totally lacked a shallow zone, which is the most interesting for animals, we wanted to create one. That would attract more newts, frogs and I would have a chance to keep a low number of fish. Also we wanted to make it clean + some technical changes.
While it might look nice, the pond was not in the best shape. It was built before 25-30 years and obviously nobody cared since then.
There was a thick layer of mud, outlet, which was not working very well, the dam was soaking. So it obviously needed a renovation. However, there was no time for that, as my family (not me, I am too lazy) focused on the weekend house itself, turning the old interior into lovely and comfortable living conditions + other works on the garden were a priority.
One winter, the tube of the outlet just broke and all the water ran off
We got this sight in Spring . Not that lovely.
There was mud everywhere. Smelly, awful mud, which is in fact a thick layer or dead leaves and animals that nobody ever cleaned.
So the renovation kind of started. Finally! We ordered a dredger that removed the mud.
And what a shock! The original depth 90 cm (3 feet), got to 240 cm (8 feet). Just wow!
We also blinded the old outlet and created overflow instead - even with lovely romantic sluice-gate and artificial stream bed.
And then the main and most challenging part of the reconstruction began. Creating of the shallow zone!
We wanted to make it all natural and... um... cheap.
So we used thick oak poles we connected with planks. It created some sort of barrier....
Which was then filled with big, rough and sharp stones.
We then put tones of river stones on it!
My sister truly wanted to build a bridge there and she projected it all by herself, crafting it just with our dad.
Almost finished! And as the pond has no stable tributary, we had to wait for the rain. That awful thing on the surface is pollen ;D
And the rain finally came, so I could enjoy the pleasant look at the shallow zone of course we plan to put in some plants, many of them are already inserted and more will come
Finalized! and water is in!
I could finally ad some fish, which was my biggest dream since childhood I had to be very careful with the pick as amphibians don't cope well with fish. We have 130 cubic meters of water and I decided to buy only 11 crucian carps, as it is critically endangered species in the Czech Republic. We also bought 7 golden common ruds. I loved them - and so did a local kingfisher
So now we have a lovely clean and deep garden pond with fish, newts, frogs, which is regularly visited by kingfisher, ducks and many more animals. I am kind of happy... :D
Thank you for your visit! :hug:
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Your pond looks amazing! But what a transformation Thank you for taking us along in its progression
I'm sorry you already lost some of your fish to a kingfisher, but it's also good news that it already provides so much wildlife with a refugee already I think
hello, thank you! And I hope not - while ruds are slim and truly small, crucian carps might be still little and young, but they are a bit plump. And they also tend to hide, while those ruds were cruissing the lake just under the water surface and as they are gold and the water is dark, they were like on the plate! I will buy bigger ruds - kingfishers prey on 6-12 cm long fish. I will do my best to obtain 15 cm, it should be safe. Also kingfisher surely hunt for newts and insect as well!
Indeed! But still, 4 of 7 are still alive, I saw them yesterday. But they do their best to hide - you see them very rarely, while those rather dark and decently colored Crucian Carps are much more visible :D