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Ponds and Water Gardens for Kids (all ages)

Miniature Water Garden


Question: My child wants to grow water lilies and fish in a half-barrel? Can that be done?

Answer: Yes. This miniature type of water garden is simple to put together and care for, and can provide many hours of pleasure. Place it in a spot where you and your child can closely observe it and enjoy the wildlife it will surely attract.

Select a partly sunny location where the surface of the water will receive bright most of the day, but be shaded during the hottest afternoon hours. If this isn’t possible, be sure to add plenty of underwater plants so the water stays well oxygenated.

Start with a clean, plastic half-barrel designed for a pond, or line a wooden half-barrel or similar container with the special pond liner material. This material, which is not toxic to fish, is sold at water garden suppliers by the foot or prepackaged to fit the half-barrels.

Fill your barrel with clean water and treat it, if necessary, to remove chlorine and other chemicals used to purify drinking water.

Help your child select one water lily that will not grow too large; another surface plant, such as floating heart or floating snowflake (Nymphoides); several bog plants, such as spike rush, arrowhead, or parrot’s feather; and several bundles of submerged oxygenating plants. When used together, all of these plants will form part of the ecosystem in your pond, fight algae, and help keep the water clean.

You should allow the pond about two weeks to regulate itself before adding fish and a few snails. Add just a few inexpensive goldfish, guppies, or mosquito fish to avoid overcrowding. Your child will enjoy feeding the fish (just a tiny pinch will do) and watching the frogs, dragonflies, and birds that discover your pond.




See Also …

Wash Tub Water Garden

Building a Small WaterΒ Garden



8 responses

  1. Perhaps mid next year will be ready….Takes time, planing, work, and some money to save /buy the equipments since all lightening, aeration, or pumps power supply must be done via solar panels, and batteries …..That is my next big backyard project ” AQUAPONICS ” with 3 ponds …One pond outdoor for glass shrimps, plants and few coy fish, and the other 2 large 1.000 litres each, water tank tubes inside an glass house. One for fish and other for Blue Claw Yabbies….All plans are ready…Awwwww….But also,..Yummmm. πŸ˜€

    July 19, 2013 at 5:03 am

    • i’m waiting for you to see how this goes before i even think about it. it’s good idea, big project. i’m still trying to redesign the south kitchen garden, feeling a bit lost what to do here i need some ideas .

      i can do the easy fish pond for the kids though πŸ™‚

      July 19, 2013 at 7:48 am

      • Fish pond the easy way, …Digg between 70 to 100 cm deep in the ground whole, and put an good quality thick pool liner….Size is up to your budget πŸ˜‰

        Good choice , and good luck …Have fun πŸ˜€

        Other ways, buy yer self an solar pond pump/s system on ebay πŸ˜€ …Cheap as chips.

        July 19, 2013 at 9:17 am

      • thank you, we are going solar i hate the power companies, sorry but they have enough of my money lol

        with this heat wave i have been thinking, what if there was way to water cool your house with rain water you collected besides well water and then used that water as it cycled for your hot water. much more efficient than air for cooling then having to heat water off electric, etc and jack your energy bill

        July 19, 2013 at 9:24 am

  2. I say to you, …Go FOR IT TODAY … πŸ˜‰
    You will not regret it πŸ˜‰
    4 KW or less 3KW even System will be more than enough for you. πŸ˜‰

    July 19, 2013 at 9:31 am

  3. Reblogged this on A Random Harvest and commented:
    Wishing you had a pond / fishpond / lily pond / water garden?
    Enjoy! ~ Linne

    July 20, 2013 at 2:11 am

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