Tom’s Pond

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Tom Fisher is sharing his Buffalo, New York, garden with us today, including a feature in the garden that is popular with all sorts of visitors.

We have a very small prefab pond we bought a few years ago. The day we filled it a toad took up residence. Since then, we’ve added a couple of pondlets to create a small waterfall. Now every season the toads and frogs spawn at least twice a year, the birds bathe and drink from the waterfall, and three goldfish spend their summers in the pond then like snowbirds head south (to a basement tub) for the winter. It has truly been our best addition to the garden; it’s brought so much life and enjoyment to us and the creatures we didn’t even know were around us. I still don’t know where the frogs came from and how they found the pond. We run a 3-in-1 pond filter with the pond that we also take out with the fish in the fall, and the maintenance of the pond is almost nothing at all. I encourage you all to consider adding a pond. You might be surprised how even a little one can add so much.

frog amongst green plantsOne of the frog residents of the pond is nestled in the surrounding greenery.

tadpoles in a small pond amongst rocksLook closely at the trickle of water flowing through the pebbles and you’ll see countless tiny black tadpoles, a future generation of frogs or toads just getting started in the tiny garden pond.

goldfish in a pond with lily padsThe three goldfish that live in the pond during the summer come inside for the winter. In larger ponds they could overwinter outside, but a small pond in a cold climate can freeze solid, so these fish need a little winter vacation.

small garden pond with waterfalls surrounded by plantsThis view of the whole pond includes the series of pondlets above it that make a small series of waterfalls. Even the smallest garden has room for a little space like this.

garden pond lit up at nightHere’s the pond lit dramatically at night and surrounded by greenery and flowers.

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