Making a pond from a tyre

23 July 2011 · 4 comments

in Developing School Grounds & Outdoor Spaces, Gardening

During the Easter holidays I made a pond from an old tyre that had been sitting in my garden for more than a year.

I happened to have a hole that I had dug previously where the old food cone had been. Unfortunately, the soil type didn’t really help so food was not decomposing at a quick enough rate for my liking. The hole was covered with a plastic lining. You can buy special pond liner for such purposes.

I sat the tyre on top of the plastic. The book I was using, suggested the liner should go on the inside of the tyre. However I decided to keep the tyre as a topping to the pond and a little wetland habitat for the animals and plants. So this was not necessary.

Using a pile of old turf and compost mixed together with top soil, I created a pond “volcano.”

As I’m a lazy gardener, I covered the soil with a mesh mulch liner. This saves having to weed the garden.

I planted herbs including rosemary, sage, thyme, catmint and a fuggle hop. There were also sweet peas too. Meanwhile, I let the pond fill naturally with rainwater as it’s been such as wet spring and summer.

Then bark chips were added to match the rest of the garden. The blackbirds particularly like these chips as nesting material.

I bought oxygenating plants to provide oxygen in the pond as there is no pump. I looked for native plants to improve the biodiversity of my garden. The pond is situated near a hedge, close to a rowan tree and within a few metres of my log pile.

Last week, this is how my pond looks now! Quite different…

When I peer over the sweet peas and raspberries, this is the pond – the plants are flourishing!

As yet I can’t see any pond creatures. I may add a bucketful of water from another local pond to see if this helps. Any suggestions welcome!

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Inbal July 23, 2011 at 15:44

Hi Juliet,
If you haven’t done so already (I’ve not seen anything mentioned), stick a log or something into the tire to allow things to come in and out easily. That might get more wildlife into it and will allow anything that accidentally fell in a way to escape 🙂


Juliet Robertson July 23, 2011 at 20:12

Hello Inbal

Thanks for the suggestion – that was on my “to do” list – what’s been interesting is that the marsh marigolds, water mint & the other plant I planted have grown so much that I reckon most wee animals could clamber out on their stems. But I must search out a short plank of wood.

Thanks for the nudge!


Megan March 30, 2012 at 05:28

Hi Juliet,
any sign of pond life yet?


Juliet Robertson March 30, 2012 at 16:18

Hi Megan

The pond is healthy – no nasty niffs come from it which is good but I’m not seeing any surface creatures so I think I may need to visit a local pond.

The plants look like they have survived the winder but I’ll see how they grow over the next few weeks.

Thanks for asking!

Best wishes


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