Wednesday, 16 of January of 2019

The Wildlife Pond

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The Wildlife pond is a fun way to bring more wildlife into the organic garden and in terms of biodiversity live water is a must. It may be the very next best thing to living next to an actual fresh water lake or a river. Among other benefits, water calls birds from wide and far to enter into our gardens for a sip of sweet water or maybe to take a refreshing bath or simply to snack on some of the many insects as the flycatchers do.

Lizards will soon follow as abundance of insects come to drink water too and they will find suitable habitat among the rocks that surround the pond. Dragonflies should aventually lay their eggs in a floating layer of alga which over time partly covers the Surface of your pond. Here their larvae will mature. Dragonflies are carnivorous and feed on other insects, some of which are considered beneficial.

Native frogs could find your pond an ideal hideaway and adding some small native fish will secure that your wildlife pond stays Mosquito free. Some wasps will not only drink water from your pond but also collect mud where the pond overflows to construct their nests with, as the giant black wasp normally do within the hollows of a bundle of giant Grey canes, left for such purpose.

The rustic croaking of the frogs in springtime makes a beautiful hypnotic chorus for you to unwind to.

Please let me highlight again why insects are so important:

As we all know, all plants employ insects for tasks such as pollination. Bees, butterflies, beetles, wasps and moths are all pollinators and pollination is vital for a good crop.

Parasitic and predatory wasps prey on the larvae of the pollinating insects and naturally control numbers, before they can do serious damage to brassicas and other precious food crops.

The wildlife pond plays an important role in sustaining the biodiversity needed for your organic garden to flourish in the midst of a new harmonious equilibrium which would eliminate by one hundred percent the need for chemicals, which are damaging to the environment.

Want to do it yourself? In the following paragraphs I explain how in a few simple steps:

Very carefully, without damaging too many plant roots you simply dig a hole in the ground of the exact size and shape on the exact spot where you pond should be. Do not think too big as the sizes of pondliners available may vary, it may be best to check first…

Place your pond liner to cover the entire hole with the minimun folds you can manage.

Fill your wildlife pond with water and place some stones round the edges. The stones are placed round the edges to keep the pond liner in place and also function to hide the pond liner where it is not covered by wáter. The rest of the liner will soon gather dirt and green up with algae.

For best results you will need at least some filtered sunlight where you construct your pond.

If you use treated water to fill your pond, let your pond stand for a day or two for chemicals to evaporate.

Populate your pond with some aquatic plants and very importantly some fish, as without these as I have mentioned you may breed mosquitoes. The species of aquatic plants you choose will be determined by the degree of sunshine available.

Fill the pond up often and let it overflow at the lowest point where it’s almost always a nice idea to establish some water loving plants such as Peppermint, Skullcap, Papyrus Reeds, Miniature canes or Arum Lilies.

Make sure you find a comfortable seat nearby as watching your pond will become very entertaining.

For additional advice e-mai: johaneekhout@hotmail.com or phone: +34 644 28 00 73

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