Growing as much food on as little land for as little money as possible

Natural Pond for the Tiny Allotment


I have decided to try and build a natural pond on the tiny allotment in order to introduce a bit more bio diversity to the plot.  I am hoping it will attract newts and frogs and all manner of aquatic flora and fauna.

It will also be somewhere for the ducks to paddle if we decide to get a couple of Indian Runners.

Because I never seen to do anything the easy, normal way I have decided to try and do without the plastic or rubber liner. I am going to see if I can waterproof the pond using the clay dig out of the hole.

I have no idea if this is going to work but if it doesn’t I can always admit defeat and use a liner.

Pond day 1


As you can see from the above picture I am going to have an island in my pond. Always wanted to own an island. I am going to plant a Gunnera on the island to shade the pond in the simmer.

I will post more photos as the project progresses



Author: tinyallotment

Dedicated to living a simple, independent, self reliant life where money is not the main factor. My dream is to engineer a life that requires very little from the outside world. I would like to provide my own shelter, collect my own water, grow, catch, hunt, forage my own food, create my own energy and deal with my own waste. This dream all starts in a tiny allotment in Cornwall where I will be experimenting in growing food, generating energy and dealing with waste.

2 thoughts on “Natural Pond for the Tiny Allotment

  1. I love the idea of an island! I love Gunnera too but my garden is too small for it sadly. I managed to get some pond liner off Freecycle so it’s worth checking there before you buy it. Can’t wait to see the finished pond 🙂

    • Thanks Digger. I had a leak from a toilet cistern overflow years ago and instead of fixing the leak we planted a Gunnera under it. Wow it got really big. I am replying to this from the allotment in between digging sessions. Engoying the sun and a pint of Tribute Cornish Pale Ale. Life is good. I have also been playing around with the clay from the hole to try to judge whether it is going to work and be waterproof.

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