Water Wildlife Pond in a Pot
Spring is around the corner and all the animals are waking up and going about their business and it is the business of kids to get outside and see what nature is doing after its long, winter nap. A great way to get nature to come to come to them is to make a water wildlife pond, don’t worry; it is pint sized and perfect for small hands and small spaces too.
All You Need Is:
- A big, glazed pot, preferably a bright, cheerful color – waterproofed.
- 2 Bricks
- Aquatic plants.
- Large, smooth stones.
- Finally some eager little hands to help set up their watery wildlife world.
- Find a spot for the pond; a garden border is a good place as it gives easy access for both kids and wildlife to the pond. Dig a hole and set the pot in the ground with an inch and a half of the rim raised above ground level. Cover the area around the pond with gravel, this will prevent mud and dirt getting in the pond and on kids hands and feet; it also looks pretty too.
- Place bricks in the bottom of the pot, these will give the plant pots a secure place to rest upon. You want the aquatic plants roots to be about 6inches below the water surface.
- Here is the fun part for the kids, fill the pot with water.
- Carefully place the plants in the water. As the space is small, picking plants that do not get too big makes sense. Here are some great choices for your water wildlife pond as insects are very attracted to these plants and other wildlife are attracted to insects, so the results will be fascinating to observe. Nasturtium aquaticum, Mentha cervina, Gratiola officinalis, Ranunculus aquatilis. Allow some room for the plants to grow, do not overfill the space.
- Put the round, smooth stones around the top of the pond so that the toads and frogs can come and go with ease and have a nice place to rest should they decide to stay awhile.
Always take precautions when younger children are around any garden water feature. Cover the top of the pond with secured steel mesh to protect little tots if necessary
Children will have fun observing their watery wildlife pond as big wonders can come in small containers. Kids are like gardens, big dreams grow inside the smallest of seeds.