After filling my planters with wildflowers last year I realised that I had one small trough planter left. I thought of all the beautiful plants I could put in it and was going to go to the local garden centre for more inspiration when I came up with another idea.
I decided that this planter was going to be a tiny pond, but I wasn’t sure how well it would work being only small. Where would I put it, should I keep it above ground or sink into the soil and would it attract any wildlife were several questions I asked myself. I noticed a bare patch in the soil next to my heathers so I decided to dig a hole and sink it in the ground there. It did look rather odd just plonked into the ground but after the trouble of digging a hole I decided it was staying there regardless.
After weeks of boring old water and nothing else I started to see birds standing on the edge and drinking the water, then I saw how it seemed to be attracting bees and hoverflies. I then peered into the trough and saw it was teaming with little creatures wriggling about in the water, the most fascinating to watch were the red tailed maggots, (Hoverfly larvae) which I captured on video here.
Early autumn last year I then saw a toad walking towards the pond, which was amazing to see.
Now spring is here, this tiny pond looks like it has always been here. Bluebell leaves cascade over the waters edge and I have seen quite a few newts and baby toads near by too.
It may have started life as a flower planter but I’m so glad I put this little trough in the ground and made it into a pond. I can’t wait to see what wildlife it attract this year.