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Project Cheapskate Patio Pond

Turvey

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In my introduction I mentioned that over the course of my work I come across many things that other folk chuck out that in my eyes are too good to dump.

Having come across this site and discovering 'Summer Tubbing' on YouTube I thought it would be fun to see what I could make for the least amount of money using only what other people threw out.

DISCLAIMER: This build was just for a bit of fun and in no way meant to be a serious thread.

First off I found a big wooden box used to deliver machinery parts of some description.

This I painted with a couple of coats of fence paint left at the recycling centre.

I then tried to line it with builders plastic from a pal but inevitably it leaked so I relined it with a bit of scrapped blue tarpaulin and over lined it with the plastic to make it look better.

Added old facing boards from around our doors that are getting replaced to finish it off.

Scrounged some plants of a couple of pals and currently got 2 aquarium filters (free from Facebook marketplace) going to try and clear it.

Water temperature seems to run from 8-13 degrees so far, if it warms up sufficiently I may put some of my White Cloud Mountain Minnows in it or Zebra Danios, I also have a heater in it but not switched on yet.

Total cost so far? Zero!

I'm quite chuffed with the result even if I do say so myself.

On the lookout for a half whisky barrel but no-one seems to throw them out!
 

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Turvey

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Time for an update since it's been a month since I set it up. Don't know about anywhere else but up here everything seems to be about 4 weeks behind in the garden due to lack of sunlight and the cold.

Starting to look ok though. The Water Forget-me-nots are really flourishing.
 

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Looking good!

Don't know about anywhere else but up here everything seems to be about 4 weeks behind in the garden due to lack of sunlight and the cold.

I'm at the other side of the pond... :) Same issue all is behind due to the same matter of global warming?... But the Cherry tree is booming with kilo's of cherries again this year. :cool: Can't see the tree for the cherries.

Last year the patio pond was bursting already in March, but I could only harvest 300 grams of cherries from my tree.

Who was it again who said? "Every disadvantage has an advantage."
 

Turvey

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Well, August is here already and I meant to post a pic a month but I forgot about July! I'll post July's pic for anyone that's interested. It's starting to look a bit sorry for itself now though 😞

What does everyone do come winter regarding patio ponds? We don't get much really cold weather here, Orkney, but we do get a lot of wind and rain over the winter and the pond is in quite an exposed position.

Watching 'Summer Tubbing' videos on YouTube and some folk leave them, others hack plants back and store them in black bags in tubs in the garage.

Fish will be coming back in, if I can catch them!

Also can anyone identify a random plant I have? I'm not sure where I got it from or why I decided to grow it but I'm assuming it's a type of lily? It was just an offcut of branch/root that I left in a bucket of water and it started to grow! I've now split it in 2 and both bits seem to be thriving.
 

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Turvey

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Love the idea and looks great! would not mind replicating something like this for my balcony! lol hmmm food for thought!!
Thank you, as I said I wanted to see what I could do for the least amount of money. If I did it again I think I would splash out for proper pond liner.
 
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