So I’ve had this 4×2 stock tank for about 3 years now. It’s served as a mosquito breeding ground and metal eyesore. Maybe it’s still an eyesore, but now it has water and plants and fish (albeit tiny ones)!
In Pam Penick’s (author over at Digging) new book, The Water-Saving Garden, she has section titled “Oasis or Mirage? Creating the ILLUSION of water in the garden” with the first chapter being ‘The Water Feature as a Symbol of Abundance’. I figured there was no time like the present to get started on my own backyard oasis water feature. (As an aside, this book is a must read for anyone trying to create a lush yet xeriscaped garden or just looking for really pretty garden design photos 🙂 I seriously wished I could’ve pinned about 30 of them…)
Anyways, Pam helped me out in this process in more ways than one. I also, followed instructions on Pam’s blog for creating a stock tank pond. So here we are adding some dirt to level things out.
Side Note: We adulted real hard the past couple of weeks because we also got a fence put in. Below you can see where it’s been laid out but not yet stretched. Thanks to Gene and his crew, over at Lariat Fencing, for a job well done!
Budge, a friend, and I visited Hill Country Water Gardens to pick up a few essentials: Pond Primer, pond baskets, and of course plants! Below you can see the Dwarf Papyrus and Taro “Black Magic.”
On the bottom you can see some Anacharis, ??Cabomba??, and Helvola Dwarf Water Lilies (a division shared by none other than Pam Penick!). I may be trading these out for some Colorados with another fellow blogger here in the near future, but whenever whichever gets to the top, I’ll let ya know!
The bowl that the Taro is sitting in is actually a sink that one of my friend’s father made that he ended up not liking, and I ended up with it when they made a multi-state move. I think it suits the Taro, frog and rock garden pretty nicely!
We seriously love this water feature so much and can’t wait to get a pump/filter and some goldfish in here. As well as hardscape the area around it and get some plants filled in around it, and…well the list could go on…