In the winter of 2002, we had something go terribly wrong with our old pond. Half the fish died and the water turned a terrible color. So, in the summer of 2003, we decided to build a new pond. We wanted it closer to the house for more enjoyment and we also wanted it bigger. The old pond was about 5 x 8. The new pond measures 12 x 8 and is a little deeper (about 31" deep). These are photos of the pond after digging. I wasn't sure how to go about putting plant pockets in so I just made wide shelves. If I ever empty it again though, I'm going to make the shelf on the right a little deeper. It's not quite deep enough for good coverage for water lilies.
Another view of the pond after digging. We used a lot of the dirt to
fill in the old pond. What is left was spread out and will be used
to fill in an old playground area this
Here's a picture of the completed pond before adding the biofalls. You can see the old homemade biofilter sticking out of the lilies. In the back are old-fashioned daylilies and pink longaflorium lilies. The everygreen is a Norway spruce. In the pond is sweet flag we divided up from the old pond and yellow water lilies.
Here's a picture after adding the biofalls. I don't have any rocks
around the falls yet and we still hadn't removed the old biofilter. We
added some water hyacinths and a new water lily. It have gorgeous deep
pink blooms all summer. I hope it survived the
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