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What is a Water Garden Pond?

A water garden pond is one of the most common bases for building a water garden in any relatively larger scale, than a tub. Building a water garden in a pond is an excellent way to give a “closer to the wild in nature” aesthetic look to a garden, while keeping it tame. The water garden pond is home for diverse aquatic elements that co-exist in a give and take habitat. Usually this co-existence is a calculated exchange between plant life, which oxygenates the pond water and more highly developed organisms such as goldfish or koi, that give off carbon dioxide. Of course, in today’s world, some simple precautions such as proper depth and size, liners, pumps and filters should be taken in to account to make sure that the pond is suitable for a water garden.

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The water garden pond is a place of exalting aquatic life. Floating plants (both tropical and hardy), oxygenating plants, underwater plants (both tropical and hardy), shallow water plants (both tropical and hardy), Lilies, Bog plants and Lotus are all just some of the diverse types of plants that can be found in a garden pond. Besides plants, water gardens, can contain; fish, frogs, snails, crickets, ducks, swans, turtles, dragonflies, newts, tadpoles, shrew… etc. Basically any kind of pond animal will be attracted to the environment, if large enough and stable.

But what makes the water garden pond different from a pond in nature is not only the aesthetic aspect, but also, the natural sustainable exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide that occurs between plants and animals. Not all ponds will be big enough to sustain this kind of concept, nor do they have to for that matter (with the invent of modern technology), but this aspect is unique with garden ponds, as it is a calculated ratio. Fish need oxygen to survive, thus giving off CO2 and the opposite is true for the majority of plants used in water garden architecture. Many different kinds of floaters offer food for the fish, which in turn leave the water rich in biological material, hence the need for filters, of some kind. Which is why many aquaponic gardeners like to use this system for cleaning the pond water? Otherwise, either a biological or mechanical filter is necessary.

The pond is a fascinating part of our ecosystem, and a wonderful school project. The very biology of the garden pond is enough to spend hours of class time just putting in hard work to get it built. But building a garden pond is not as easy as just digging a hole in the ground, planting seeds and dumping a whole weeks worth of rain water into it. A good garden pond is conceptualized in mind’s eye of the architect, planned thoroughly, excavated more than expected (since once built, that’s it, no more plants get in, remember to over excavate), given different shelves and depths for different kinds of plant and wildlife, lined with protection against ground elements and visa-versa, properly filled with chlorine free water or de-chlorinated and finally given a little tender loving maintenance and care every now and again.

The water garden pond is a wonderfully natural way to do water gardening, both being pleasing to the human eye, as well as keeping that good faith to nature look and feel that a homey garden needs. Aquatic life actually does all the gardening by itself, and become living form of art. This is done by calculating the beneficial exchanges of biological needs that occur naturally in nature. Building a water garden pond is easy and fun, and can be a great project for class or family.

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Posted in Articles by Administrator on August 6, 2005.

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