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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tuesday Garden Party - Evolution of a Backyard Pond

The Mr and I have wanted a pond in our backyard since we bought our house six years ago. And last week we finally decided to pull the trigger.

Let me show you how we put it together.

We planned for an "above ground" pond, so needed a frame. We purchased some 4x6 posts for this.

We also needed a pond liner.

The Mr sawed the posts into 20" segments (which is the height of the liner).

And we placed them into position under the liner.

Once all the posts were in position, we removed the liner...

... and numbered each piece.

Then The Mr drilled two large holes through each piece, and I strung them onto 20 foot long pieces of rebar.
That part was incredibly tiring. Much more difficult than I expected. After it was all threaded, we had to bend the long string of posts into the correct position. We chose rebar so that it would not deform when we filled the pond with water. That also has the effect of being difficult to bend into position. Ugh! ;-)
We got it formed, and then filled the space underneath the pond with rocks and sand. Another fairly strenuous task, but necessary. (And another task I neglected to photograph.)

And we finally got to fill it with water and install the pump!

We added some water lilies (the flowers floating on top are there only until the plants grow large enough to see).

Then we needed to finish the edge. We wanted to add plants to the edge, so The Mr put in irrigation...

... while I potted lots of plants.

And voila! A gorgeous backyard pond!

I just LOVE it! Looks wonderful and the sound is so relaxing!

Next week I'll tell you The Mr's secret to a beautiful garden. In the meantime, check out An Oregon Cottage for her weekly Garden Party.

What's in YOUR garden this week?

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  1. I love your pond. I never thought about putting one about ground like that. NEAT!!

    followed you here from TGP!

  2. This is an amazing project--thank you so much for posting! How did you ever get the rebar bent once the wood pieces were in place--that is way beyond my skill set! I love the red containers, and I really like the trio of singing cats at the base of the pond--cat lover here.

    Athena at Minerva's Garden

  3. How creative! I love the sound of water... and the hummingbirds might visit too... very cool. Good job Mr & Mrs!

  4. What fun! I think that makes a lovely addition to your yard and garden. Will you get some goldfish???

  5. I love it! Can't wait to see it in person!

  6. what a great idea!! my wife has been asking about one of those, but I never thought about keeping it above ground....yours came out great! cant wait to show her the pics!

  7. Thank you for visiting my blog! I love your backyard pond. It is beautiful and I'll bet the sound of it is so lovely and relaxing.

  8. That is AWESOME! I may have to steal that idea sometime!! Thank you for sharing!

  9. What a fun project! Thanks for sharing at the TGP!

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