We Made a Pond!…Finally

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. 

Tamping. #FutureEngineer
Toddler Tamping

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!
leveling a stock tank
leveling a stock tank

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.”    leveling a stock tank pond with plants

Fillin’ it up!
stock tank pond how-to

He’s the happiest kid on the planet here!
stock tank pond how-to  

View from the back porch. Doesn’t that dead brush in the background echo the color of the Taro nicely?? Can’t wait till that decays a little more…stock tank pond

Who needs a pond cleaner when you can have your toddler do it using his sand box sieve. stock tank pond cleaning

Concentrating so hard.stock tank pond cleaning

The fat face of determination. gardening with a toddler

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!stock tank pond plants

Anacharis and Cabomba on the bottom with some new additions of Gambusia (mosquito eating fish) and tadpoles purchased from Leaf.oxygenating pond plants

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!  dwarf papyrus taro black magic  dwarf papyrus in a stock tank pond  garden art in a stock tank pond

The rocks and concrete frog in the sink are ones that I found when unearthing a broken and dilapidated pond from the other side of the property put there by previous owners. rock garden in a stock tank pond

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… stock tank pond

10 thoughts on “We Made a Pond!…Finally

  1. It took me a while to find your comment feed! Congratulations on your new pond. It looks delightful and Pam certainly led the way. I have some of her water lilies too. I just added some fish this year and I love watching them dart around. I think they have already increased their numbers. And what a great find-your frog. He is perfect.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I’m trying to make this blog a little more user friendly, but so far it’s been trial and error. Our family of 3 is definitely loving the pond, another trial and error. 😉


  2. Aw, it’s great to see your new pond all finished — and your cute little helper pitching in! I like the special touches you added, like the black taro in the dish and the concrete frog (what a find!). I hope you’ll enjoy your stock-tank pond as much as I have. And thanks, by the way, for the book shout-out!

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    1. Thanks Pam! We love it so far and watching the lilies rise to the surface is so neat! And your welcome on the book shout-out. It’s too good not to recommend!


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