Great Garden Revolution Channel 4

Great Garden Revolution Channel 4

The new Channel 4 gardening programme Great Garden Revolution asked us to supply pond plants for a pond in a container for Episode 1,  airing 1st May 2021.

Choose a bright spot in dappled shade where you can sit nearby and enjoy the mix of wildlife visitors and natural pest controllers (frogs eat slugs!!). Make sure the pond container is level and add water. Preferably rain water.

Poppy Okotcha showed dropping in oxygenating plants Ceratophyllum demersum (Hornwort) and Myriophyllum spicatum (Spiked Milfoil) to float loose in the water.

She built brick steps so the plant baskets would be placed at the right levels for each plant. Caltha palustris (British Native Marsh Marigold) with its bright yellow Spring flowers, Cyperus eragrostis (Sweet Gallingale) for the dragonlies to use, Myosotis scorpioides (British Native Water Forget Me Not) another plant with small leaves that the newts love to lay their eggs on and a Dwarf waterlily to add 50% water coverage to this water area.

Water will naturally attract a range of wildlife - frogs, toads, newts, dragonflies as well as bees and butterflies later on. No pump is needed in this small pond water feature. She finished it off with some brick steps on the outside of the container too to help the wildlife in their journey to the water.