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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-19-2017, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Small rock garden with 15 gallon pond and waterfalls

Hello everyone,

I'm new here and i made a rockgarden with a pond and i would like too share it with everybody over here.

I made the rock garden and pond about 6 months ago, in the spring around may this year. Just before a hot summer and a month and a half of drought.
If you where wondering why the moss became so dry at some points, that's the reason. but gladfully it's slowly recovering.
I've dug four holes of a few feet deep and filled those up with old smashed roof tiles i had laying around (i checked for asbestos) and broken pieces of aerated concrete that someone had left over.
And filled up the remaining holes with small river gravel. i did this so the water can seep away easily because it can rain quite often in my country(normaly).
For the top soil i used a mix of one part dirt and clay(excisting previous soil), one part 1-3mm black basalt gravel, one part potting soil, and one part of sand.
for the pond i used very thin 0,5mm pond foil sold at our local hardware store.
the larger gravel in the big waterfall are black basalt aswell and 16-32 mm of size and around the pond it's 5-10mm at some points.
for the ''stepping stones'' i used black slate rocks with some broken ''grey'' Ardennes rock around it.
the very large gray slate rock and all the larger red brownish lava rocks where gifted by someone who wanted to throw them away.
I also used some older larger aquarium rocks around the front of the pond that i had laying around.
i don't know the name and will search it later, if anyone knows and can tell me it's appreciated!
I estimate that the pond is rougly 60 cm wide(23inch) and holds 15 gallons(56 liter) and I don't have any intention of putting something in beside plants.
but it's been visited by many animals like small frogs and alot of insects. also alot of birds like to use it as a bird bath lmao.
the rock garden itself is roughly 2 meters (6.5 feet) from either the left or right corner to the backleft corner. it could even be slightly less it's really small.

This is the first time i've ever made a rockgarden or a pond so don't be to harsh on me

I like to do things myself and on a low budget, so here's a list of materials i used with prices:
(one kg is rougly 2.2 pounds and the prices are in euro's and from my local gardening center.)

river gravel: 10 cent 1kg
sand: 15-20 cent 1 kg
1-32 mm black basalt gravel: 20 cent 1kg
potting soil: 1 euro 20 liter (5gallon)
dirt soil (free): 1 euro 20 liter (5gallon)
lava rocks (free): 25 cent 1kg
ardennes gray broken rock: 21 cent 1 kg
slate rock stones: 1 euro each (i wanted these really bad and couldn't find cheap ones at short term, so i ended up going to a aquarium store paying the full price i'm sure you can get them way cheaper somewhere)
pond foil 0,5mm: 13 euro 2x3 meter(6.5x9.8 foot)
pumps: Small pump 150l/h (left side)
large pump 1600l/h (right side)

i've spend about 60 bucks on gravel and soils and another 60 on plants.
at some point i will make a list of all the plants i've used.

I made a photo slideshow of the pictures because i noticed it where to many too just simply click trough
You can vieuw the slideshow here:

i also found a low quality video i forgot about of when the rockgarden and waterfall where just finished:

i took to many pictures too write something underneat every single one of them so for now just enjoy the development of the past 6 months.
you can enlarge the pictures on the forum by clicking on them, but when you're on the external image site.
clicking to enlarge has a 1/3th change of opening a pop up (they have to make there money somehow) so you have been warned.

The pictures can also be vieuwed by clicking these gallerys:

I have some more pictures from last month i've got to sort out, i will upload them shortly.
I hope everybody enjoys them and let me know what you think,

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Last edited by scan; 10-22-2017 at 06:23 PM. Reason: added a video slideshow of the pictures
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very impressive, I really like the images you have shared. Thanks for sharing
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very nice very natural
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