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Started the build of a set of raised garden beds where I am incorporating a 100 gallon mini pond. My wife and I have been planning it for a few months now, and we finally pulled the trigger a couple of weeks ago by ordering the wood and pavers from Lowes. We are merging my hobby of fish keeping with her hobby of gardening. We demoed out a set of 4 raised beds we had before to make way for the new, larger beds. We are increasing planting are by about 50 to 75%, and going from 6 inch deep beds to 22 inch deep beds (4 1x6 boards stacked). If you could the pond area, we are close to doubling the planting area. There will be 3 raised beds. The beds are made out of 1x6 and 2x4 cedar, using deck screws to hold them together. The one in the center will have the mini pond. I am hoping the dirt around it in the bed will help insulate the pond so the fish can live outside year round. We are in Louisiana, so we rarely get below freezing and typically get at least into the 50s Fahrenheit during the day. The other 2 beds are L shaped around the pond bed making a big rectangle. So far, we've built the pond bed and one of the L shaped beds minus one board. We've also laid most of the pavers. Lowes owes us about 1/3 of the wood, so we are at a holding point until they bring the rest. I am stocking the pond with rainbow shiners, so based on my climate I think they'll be fine outside year round. I'm further south than a large portion of their range. I'll probably pull a few inside for the first winter or two to be safe. I am also going to have some kind of pond plants, but haven't figured out which ones yet. Suggestions are welcome! I am going to do a gravel and some river / pond stones as the substrate. Gravel for some aquatic plants and the stones in a few piles hoping the eggs and fry can find some hiding spots. Anyway, as the build progresses, I'll update with pictures and more info. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!
Since the days have started to grow longer I thought that it wasn't too early to get going on my next summer tubbing project. Last year I had put in 20 different kinds of thyme and a few sages in a rock wall bed I had constructed in a wet area down from our garden (notice all the emersed Hydrocotyl at the base of the wall and not as visible also emersed dwarf hair grass). I am playing with the arrangement of the tubs which are sitting on clumps of cattails but I don't think I am happy with it yet. My plan is to keep building the rock wall in a big arc that curves around the tubs on the south side and extend the brick pathway around the north side. Then I can fill in the voids with soil and plant more different kinds of thyme or whatever around the pools. I am sure the cattails will likely shoot up and through whatever I lay on top of them. I haven't put in above ground pools in the past so any suggestions are appreciated.