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The evolution of a small garden pond from an old Tractor tyre.

Follow me whilst I show how I made this small pond back in 2016
Other home made garden items will also be included.


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A few everyday tools

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Top of tyre wall needed to be removed pt1 - drilling a hole for the jigsaw

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Top of tyre wall needed to be removed pt2 - Using the jigsaw to trim away one side of the tyre wall, surprisingly easy as it was all rubber and no wire.

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Top of tyre wall needed to be removed pt3 - Job Done

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Power-hosed and checked for internal sharps, ready to be placed in situ

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Carpet lined and based filled with soft sand to protect liner

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Std. 3mx3m pre-cut pond liner

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Making some edging panels from decking boards

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Looks pretty much as I expected at this stage

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Taking a fair few litres to fill, stretching and pulling the liner into shape as we go, trying to get as few a creases as humanly possible

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Final position, pond filled and liner trimmed

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Decking trim added and back-filled with potting compost

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Lets build a few rocks for the perimeter...sand and cement...(30 in all) turned out pretty well as it happens a mottled granite effect...then they were sealed

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Trying out the edge rocks for placement and a few plants thrown loosely round the outsides

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A few Alpines were added to and in-between the stonework (forgotten their names)...all topped off with gravel chippings

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Almost the finished article ...but not quite...the harshness of the front wooden wall needs to be disguised with ornamental grass and a nice specimen tree of sorts to overhang as a backdrop.....As usual rain stops play in Northern Ireland....normal service will resume as soon as the sun shows its face...

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Bamboo waterspout.....was originally going to be part of a Shishi Odoshi but I thought it looked just fine on its own in such a small space

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Bamboo waterspout rigged to a small pump provides a water-flow that has a nice calming sound on a warm summers evening

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That's very good, if it were me I would sink mine into the ground making it level with surface soil, then frogs, toads, newts etc can climb in out easier.
 

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