The puddle

The term is “water garden” these days because that term is easier to sell, but they amount to deep puddles. And nothing adds as much to a garden than a deep pool of water. It is magical.

Ours cost $140. We got out easy. Some will tell you a water garden needs pumps, filters, aerators, heaters, monitors, exotic plants and fish, and all manner of gadgets designed to drain your checkbook. My son and I took the low-tech approach: We dug a kidney-shaped hole about 3 feet deep at the middle, lined it with a rubber pond liner (there’s the $140), added six fish, built a natural-looking shoreline of logs and big stones, called it a bog pond, and went about our business. Oh, right, we transferred in some lily pads from a nearby pond.

By and by, frogs from Heaven-only-knows-where moved in, along with water-strider bugs and other acquatic life. The bog puddle became a sanctuary, a place of wonder for kids especially. You couldn’t see the bottom. It was McElligot’s pool right there at the farm.
When the water grew cloudy with algae in August, I sprayed in fresh water with the hose for aeration. I kept a hold poked in the ice in winter.

And it worked. And it’s beautiful. And there you are.

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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2 Responses to The puddle

  1. Aunt Honey says:

    I might just try that myself. Do you happen to have a picture of it laying around?

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