I have a good idea what a wheelbarrow of mulch, a wheelbarrow of compost and a wheelbarrow of dirt weighs – in terms of muscle power required and distance to fatigue ratio, but I had no idea how heavy river pebbles were! Anyway, half a wheelbarrow at a time we got the pebbles to the pond, and we had to steamroller a lot of those half wheelbarrows up the steep incline to the filtration area. Note to self: next time you make an access ramp, make the incline more “heavy wheelbarrow friendly”!
Well, we all had great fun decorating the ponds and filtration areas, hiding the black liner and creating areas for the water plants, all the time while the pond was filling up from the top.
All around the top ridge, we planted hardy Australian native ground covers that will grow down the embankment and keep the soil in place.
As part of the exercise we cut off all the excess liner and used that to form a base under the solar panels where we laid some of the excess pebbles to keep that little area as clean as possible. Not many things would want to grow under the panels anyway.
Under the pump
However, the whole solar-driven filtration system is still not working. Grrrr. The first pump they sent just didn’t work – it didn’t pump a quarter of its spec. The second pump was cracked, can you believe it? So we’re waiting for the third pump.
In the meanwhile, the second biological filter has also sprung a leak. We’re having fun – not.
On a positive note, however, the local birds have started using the pond to drink from and to bath in the shallow end. That makes the whole exercise – with all the problems – already worthwhile!
- Pebbles are heavy – really, really heavy! But they do go along way – we had a lot excess we used for other projects too.
- Make access paths, especially uphill, more wheelbarrow-friendly.
- With “plumbing” a pond, so many things can go wrong – and they do…