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Podcast With Abundant Edge – Building Natural Ponds

Oliver M. Goshey, from Abundant Edge, interviewed me recently about the Why and How of Building Your Own Pond. We discussed how natural ponds fit into the move towards permaculture and natural living. The idea of natural gardens and attracting wildlife to the garden is becoming very popular for good reasons and a natural pond is a perfect addition to such gardens.

In the interview we discussed many topics including:

  • Attracting wildlife
  • Designing for a natural look
  • Keeping algae down without pumps
  • How natural ponds keep the water clean
  • Importance of plant shelves
  • Maintaining fish and managing fish waste
  • Why chemicals and water testing is not required
  • How to make it waterproof – liner vs clay lined
  • Maintaining koi
  • Selecting the right size of pump for a waterfall
  • Planning the construction process


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Building Natural Ponds 3D

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Abundant Edge

Abundant Edge is an ever-growing group of builders, designers, and artisans who are committed to creating a regenerative future through their crafts. They are optimists in our visions and pragmatists in their work, who value customization through collaboration and excellence through elegant design.

Their mission is to create beautiful and healthy living environments that perfectly fit the needs, wants, and goals of their clients while also working to improve the environment we all share. They believe that building an abundant future can include steps to an abundant future for all life on this planet. With whatever step you want to take towards a healthier, regenerative lifestyle, they are there to help

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I live in southern Ontario, Canada, zone 5 and have been gardening a long time. Besides writing and speaking about gardening, I own and operate a 6 acre private garden called Aspen Grove Gardens which now has over 3,000 perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees. Yes--I am a plantaholic!

I hope you find Garden Myths an educational site that helps you understand your garden better.

4 Responses to 'Podcast With Abundant Edge – Building Natural Ponds'

  1. skyeent says:

    I don’t suppose you could do a transcript as well could you? I find podcasts a bit long, and videos too slow to download (internet connection too slow) Just consider it anyway…thanks

    • That would mean not writing another post while I transcribe. I’d rather write the post. Besides most of the info is already transcribed in my book, Building Natural Ponds.

  2. Dawn Standke says:

    Sounds nice. Two things occurred to me. 1) How do you control mosquito breeding? 2) On a science based site it would be nice to not use the word “chemical” negatively as a synonym for pesticides or other synthetics.

    • 1) Assuming you mean in a pond – lots of aquatic things including frogs eat the larvae. If it is a problem add a few goldfish.
      2) That would be nice, but I try to use words people understand and in a way they understand them. Most of my readers are gardeners, not scientists.

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