The Pond

Wild native bees are visiting the backyard pond. They land on the sturdy, floating water plants to drink. The pond has only been there for a few weeks. We wanted to create a watering hole for all the pollinators and beneficial insects, to attract and encourage them to linger here. Dee, who is new to the neighbourhood, found this pond abandoned on a local verge and passed it on to us. It was a good opportunity to reduce waste and re-use a local resource.

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Still, stagnant water is also the perfect breeding environment for mosquitoes and we know their population is now likely to increase due to longer, hotter summers. Mosquitoes are known to spread many infectious diseases, such as yellow fever, dengue fever and malaria.

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To break their reproductive cycle, we added goldfish to the pond. Mosquito eggs float on water and hatch to produce aquatic larvae (also called wrigglers). The larvae cannot breathe under water and ‘hang’ from the water surface to take in air. They pupate in water and are never completely immobile, changing position according to light and wind conditions. Their movement attracts the attention of hungry fish – easy, reliable mosquito population controllers.

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The location for our morning cup of coffee has changed. Sitting by the pond, where the water ripples in the breeze, reflecting the sky and clouds; observing the bees landing and taking off while fish dart here and there, on the look-out for wrigglers.

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5 Responses to The Pond

  1. sallyashaw says:

    Love the pond. How did you make it?

    • Thanks, Sally. I didn’t make it, it is just a second hand, moulded fibreglass pond. All we did was dig a hole large enough to fit it in the ground and filled it with tap water. To let the chlorine evaporate, we let the water sit for 2 days before introducing the fish. Easy!

  2. Patrick Calmels says:

    The pond looks great.
    Complete shading will be needed during the warmer months, especially with those large heat retain rocks. Good work 🙂

    • Thanks, Patrick. I agree about the rocks. They are great heat retainers in the cold winter months, but will require a lot of shade through the summer heat. Until the shade plants around the pond grow to maturity, we will put up a large umbrella over the area during the hot months. We will also ‘cool’ the rocks with water during heat waves, monitor the water temperature and, if necessary, introduce small frozen water bottles into the pond to cool the water. Due to increased evaporation, we will also have to frequently top up the volume in summer. If anyone else has any tips about backyard pond management, I would love to hear from you!

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