Mini pond making | Make your own mini pond in these 5 easy steps!
Chris van der Velde
You have all the information about what having a mini pond means and you have chosen to create one yourself in the garden or on your balcony... But what steps should you follow to achieve a beautiful result? In this blog I list step by step how to make your own mini pond!
Complete mini pond with colorful aquatic plants
All about the mini pond
- Mini pond supplies
- Step-by-step plan for creating a mini pond
- Bacteria to keep the mini pond healthy
Mini pond supplies
Creating your mini pond is super easy! All you need are a few essential supplies, such as a pot or container for your mini pond, a pond basket to put your aquatic plants in, and pond plant clay and pond potting soil to plant the pond plants. Also don't forget to cover the bottom of your pond with pond substrate. To complete your mini pond, add pond plants and make sure the water stays healthy with the help of pond bacteria. And of course, don't forget to fill your mini pond with water! But why buy all these products separately when you can also get them in a convenient package, specially designed for your mini pond? Take a quick look at our mini pond kits and create your own mini pond easily and quickly.
Complete mini pond plant sets
Step-by-step plan for creating a mini pond
Step 1: Choose a container or pot for your mini pond
The first step is to choose a nice container or pot for your mini pond. Make sure the container or pot is at least 1 square meter in size and has a depth of 20 centimeters, so your pond plants have enough room to grow and flourish. Choose something that you like and that matches the style of your garden. That way you are guaranteed to have a beautiful mini-oasis in your own backyard!
Step 2: Pick the location for your mini pond
You can build your mini pond or patio pond in various places, such as in the garden, on the terrace or on the balcony. But to fully enjoy your mini pond, it is important to put it in a place where you can see it regularly. That way you can enjoy its soothing appearance and beautiful aquatic plants again and again. Keep in mind that the mini pond is only a small and shallow water source. Therefore, in the warm summer months, due to the reflection of the sun, pond algae may form on the water surface such as floating algae or filamentous algae. Also, the water in the pond may evaporate due to the heat. To prevent this, move your mini pond to a less sunny spot during the summer months. This will keep your mini pond clear and healthy.
Step 3: Create any elevation changes in your mini pond
As a third step, you may want to create height differences in your mini pond. You can do this by placing stones at the bottom of the pond. This allows you to place your aquatic plants at different heights in the pond and creates a fun and playful effect. Many people find this a nice addition to their mini pond.
Step 4: Pick out aquatic plants for your mini pond
Many people who want to build a mini pond are often unsure which plants are most suitable for their little pond. Therefore, it is highly recommended to choose a mini pond set. After all, such a set contains everything you need, which means you don't have to buy large bags of soil and clay. So you can quickly and easily enjoy a beautiful self-built pond.
Suitable pond plants for a small pond
Step 5: Furnish your mini pond
Spread the pond gravel evenly over the bottom of your mini pond. When you are done with this, it is time to mix the pond plants, clay and pond potting soil together in a pond basket. After this you are going to plant the aquatic plants in this pond basket with clay and potting soil and place the decorated pond basket on the bottom of the pond. Then fill the mini pond to just below the edge with water, make sure the pond basket is at least 20 centimeters under water.
Bacteria to keep the mini pond healthy
Adding pond bacteria to your mini pond is essential to keeping the pond water and the pond plants and pond animals in your pond healthy. Due to the limited size of a mini pond, the water can become cloudy faster and algae can develop. To prevent this, it is important to add bacteria to the pond in the spring and fall. Although bacteria are often associated with large ponds, it is just as important to add them to your mini pond. Pond bacteria are usually not included in the mini pond kit, but can be purchased separately. Adding bacteria will ensure that your mini pond stays healthy and you can continue to enjoy a clear and beautiful pond environment.
Frequently asked questions about mini ponds
A mini pond, as the name suggests, is a small pond. Still, it is important that your mini pond is not too mini ... after all, the aquatic plants do need room to grow. When you buy a mini pond set, it is important that your mini pond is at least 1 meter by 1 meter and at least 20 centimeters deep.
A mini pond can be placed almost anywhere; on the balcony, in the garden, on the terrace ... it doesn't matter, as long as your mini pond is not in full sun.
Simon van der Velde
Pond specialist and aquatic plant grower since 1986
Simon's vision is to let nature do its work in your pond. No need to buy all kinds of measuring equipment and water improvers. If the fish are swimming nicely and the plants are growing well, then the water in the pond is of good quality. With a good planting plan and the right approach, you can save a lot of money and maintenance, and ensure a clear, biologically balanced pond that becomes more beautiful every year.