Water features in the garden

Do you have any in your garden, and do you think they are worth th
hundreds of pounds that they can sell for
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On Wed, 29 Aug 2007 20:11:01 +0100, timbertags

I have a pond, have about $2,000 US in it, it's worth it to me. I guess it is partly how much those pounds are worth to you. If it meant starving my children, then no.
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We too have a koi pond. It is about 2000 gals and we dug it ourselves with shovels, pick axes and lots of sweat and hurting backs. We have less than 1K in it, except for fish, and probably another $500 over the years in those. Most of the expensive ones we bought at koi shows died, and the Walmart fish have lived. A neighbor came over one morning with a 5 gal bucket of goldfish about 6" long each and asked if we would overwinter them as his pond had all but emptied from a leak. 3 years later they are still here and beautiful, and he doesn't want them back. And Praise God, none of them were sick or contaminated our pond. Nor have they reproduced. They add a lot of red to the pond and are beautiful, especially the fancy finned ones. This same neighbor put a metal crane welded together out of various tools in our yard lastnight with a note saying he was homeless and could we take care of him. He is really neat, and will go next to the pond. We spend many happy tranquil hours there, it was a good labor of love to build it. Nan
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Half the cost of mine was the flagstone area around it. I got the flagstone, started laying it out, Realized the limits of my talents and got some professionals to do that part of the project.
I sometimes know my limits, it's difficult to keep track because I have so many.
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My koi pond is the centerpiece of my teeny tiny back yard. we just had friends over last night for dinner by the pond. a week ago we had a party for other friends "by the pond". at night, we go out and sit by the koi pond which has a light in the water and watch the koi swim slowly in front of the light. my pond is for my koi. I only have one water lily in it. the veggie filter contains plants and flowers. http://weloveteaching.com/mypond/2005/2005.html
a water feature can cost almost nothing or can be very expensive. the cheapest water features are preformed ponds, maybe 100 bucks, a nice pump maybe 50. A 5 buck tub buried in the ground with a small pump could provide the splash of a water feature. with no fish a small pond will bring all kinds of wildlife to the pond like dragonflies, frogs, toads. birds come to drink.
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