|Finally after a year our water garden is finished.|
For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted a water garden. Something with flowing water, beautiful plants, and fish. There is just something about water gardens that help you escape the crazy life brings. A place to let your worries and frustrations escape you, listening to water splashing, watching hummingbirds and butterflies, and beautiful koi eating right from your hand.
Last summer, Dave and I finally decided to make this little dream of mine a reality. We were given a couple of preformed ponds and so the process began. Well, we made a lot of mistakes, did a lot of research and now a year later we finally have our little piece of paradise. I'm going to save you the tedious recounting of all the things we did wrong. There are a million and 1 ways to build a water garden. Here I am going to share with you how we did ours, why, and how doing it ourselves made this little dream a lot more friendly on our bank accounts.
|Our first attempt....|
Our finished pond is just over 1000 gallons, the minimum size needed for keeping koi safely over winter, all year round. These can grow to be big fish, all the way up to 3' long. But they are beautiful and very social animals. They will interact with you, eat from your hand, follow you around as you walk around the pond, respond to your voice, etc. They are much like a dog, only confined to the edges of your pond. Goldfish are much smaller and can be kept nicely in a smaller pond, but for me, there's just something about koi.
Here is a shopping list for building a pond like mine, and what I paid for mine. I'm not including basic materials, like shovels, etc:
- 2 Pond Liners - $150 Lowe's (one for pond, one for bog and waterfall)
- Underlayment - FREE carpet padding from carpet store
- Submersible Pump, 3500 gph - $94 Amazon
- Skimmer - $150 Amazon
- PVC, fittings and tubing - $50
- Pea gravel, river rock, and large edging stones - $100, a lot was free from people we know and Craigslist
- Mulch - $50
- Fish - $50, 3 koi and 9 goldfish, the rest were Free
- Plants - $150 perennials
- Lighting - $30 so far. We will be adding to this.
|The view from behind....|
We still need to get one more yard of mulch to cover the back area and around the bog, which I've already accounted for in our cost. Other then that all we have left to do is sit back and enjoy!
Please feel free to contact me for more in detail explanations of what we have done here. Also, my biggest resource though all of this has been Garden Pond Forums. They are all very helpful, experienced ponders with answers to just about everything you can think of! Stay tuned to see updates of how the garden is growing and changing!