THE FROG POND- how it started
Every garden needs a frog pond…
Apart from creating an interesting focal point, a well established pond will support a diverse range of critters. Birds, frogs , lizards and insects will all be encouraged to make their home close to the source of water and their activities are pretty vital to the overall health of the garden.
Creating our pond was very much a collaborative effort. Students from year 7 and 8 fund raised, local businesses and the school community supported the project by donating funds and some materials. Groups of students from both campuses contributed to preparing and landscaping the site.
The following photo gallery shows different stages of the project.
once we selected the location, we proceeded by removing the topsoil and spreading it around the pond area
the hole is 2 m wide x 4 m long x .75 m in the deepest end. It slopes gradually in order to allow our tadpoles access to warmer shallow water. The shelf around the deeper edge is to accommodate pots with plants.
a local business donated this very heavy-duty pond liner. In order to protect it from any sharp objects in the soil we lined the hole with thick builders plastic, followed by several polyester underlays. Might be a bit of an overkill, but… Heavy buckets with sand hold the liner in place as the weight of water molds it to the shape of the hole.
once the hole was filled to full capacity we covered excess lining with soil
we decided to create a pebble beach around the shallow end . Year 7 girls insisted on placing every stone by hand in it’s precise spot.
we started in May. By the end of June the pond looked like this
early spring, AND THAT’S WHAT ALL THE FUSS WAS ABOUT! A family of grass parrots taking a communal bath