Water features are a great asset to any garden or patio, but some people might find it overwhelming. Starting out with a mini pond may be the answer.
All you need is a small galvanized tub, some bricks, water and plants in plastic pots. Place the bricks in the tub, add water, add the tallest plant at the back and smaller ones in the front.
You may also place floating plants, like water hyacinth and water lettuce on the surface.
Maintain the water level to keep all roots covered.
If a plant becomes too big, simply remove it, divide it and place a smaller portion back in the tub.
Mini ponds are great for attracting damsel flies and pond skaters.
Local garden centres carry a variety of pond plants such as cardinal flowers, iris, water lilies, hyacinth and water lettuce. In fact, any plant that loves wet feet will do great in your mini pond.
Why not join other happy gardeners and would-be gardeners at our next program night, June 20?
Our featured speaker is Loretta Shields, talking about backyard birding.
The Dunnville Horticultural Society meets every third Thursday at the Optimist Club Hall, 101 Main St., from 7 to 9 p.m.