Garden Water Features: DIY Garden Pond

10 Jul 2015
Sure flowers and other types of plants make for a gorgeous garden but adding a garden water feature can really take your garden’s aesthetic appeal to another level.
Pond close up

What you’ll need:

  • A large tub/container
  • Tape Measure
  • Shovel
  • Chlorine Remover
  • Pond enhancer
  • Plants
  • Fish
  • Other accessories

Sure flowers and other types of plants make for a gorgeous garden but adding a garden water feature can really take your garden’s aesthetic appeal to another level. Garden water features can either be Still or Flowing. Flowing garden water features are a simply breathtaking sight, they can run the entire length of a pathway like a stream or they can be like a fountain. Still garden water features are simple, fun and attractive. You can purchase both Flowing and Still garden water features, or you can make them yourself, we at HG Caribbean recommend the latter.

When making a DIY garden water feature it’s better to go with Still features especially if you’re a beginner, as Flowing features can be a bit more challenging. So in this article we’ll show you how to DIY your own Still garden water feature, a garden pond.

Get your Base
Plastic tub

The base for this pond is a large tub or container. Now it’s okay to use an old tub or container that you had lying around your yard for a while however, just be sure to wash it out thoroughly. 


Measure the length and width of your tub or container using your tape measure.  Whatever measurement you get, use this as a guide of how deep to dig your hole.

Dig Hole
tools garden home caribbean

Dig the hole where your container will be placed into. Place your container in your hole and ensure that it fits properly.  If the tub or container is too big, then dig at the hole and keep measuring until you get it right. If the hole was dug too big, then use some of the loose dirt that you dug out, to fill the extra spaces around the tub or container.

Fill with Water
tap with running water

Now that your tub/container is fitted into the ground, it’s time to add your water. Don’t fill your tub or container straight to the brim because it will flow over once you begin to stock your pond. 

Prepare your Pond to be Stocked

Prepare your pond to be stocked by adding chlorine remover and dry pond balancer to the water. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the packages of each. Note that after adding these products, you should let the water sit for one day before you proceed to add any plants or fish to your pond. 

Stock your Pond!

You can stock your pond with plants, stones, different types of fish and even statues, it’s your call. Here are some recommendations for each:

Plants: Oxygenators

These are essential plants that keep ponds healthy. Some of these plants are rooted but most of them simply float in the water like fairy moss, water soldier, water stargrass, water lilies, lotus etc. These plants are carbon dioxide absorbent and release oxygen as they grow. They reproduce rapidly, so you should only start with a few small clumps in your pond. You can be tempted to overplant however, you can end up with a swamped pond.

Fish: Gold Fish

When choosing fish, goldfish are always the best choice. Now you should note that the goldfish family has more than 100 types. These include the Common Goldfish, Fantail goldfish and Comet goldfish, just to name a few. Koi is also another popular fish type for garden ponds however; Koi is only suitable for considerably large ponds and can be quite expensive. So if you are on a budget, goldfish are best. Before you add your fish let the water sit for a day.

Feel free to add other accessories to your pond for example stones and even statues. Stones give a natural and very earthy feel to your pond, while statues are sort of an acquired taste.

And there you have it; you have just made a DIY garden water feature.