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Pond ideas? With natural liner

Posted by Sarvesvara Dasa about 6 years ago

We are planning for a pond with natural liners; without plastic or rubber. We need advise.

We are planning for a pond with natural liners; without plastic or rubber. We need advise, on this regards.

The idea is, it will a be a live pond for most of the season. Suring summer and non-rainy season, it will be litlte dry. However, we will loose water to the earth or to the sky (evaporation). This loss is acceptable.

We need advise on the kinf of natural liners we can use - no cement, no plastic, no rubber.

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Sarvesvara Dasa 

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Brandon Ballentine
Brandon Ballentine : The options that I am aware of are clay and gley. If you can get ahold of a large quantity of clay, say bentonite clay, or even just soil with a high clay content, it can be dampened and compacted to line your pond.

Another idea that Geoff Lawton shared in the PDC I took, is using manure as gley. This is basically anything high in organic matter that is forced to break down anaerobically (without oxygen). The way of accomplishing this that sounded best to me was to feed cows or other livestock in the bottom of the empty pond. As they gather there to feed, they will leave manure and compact it. You want to keep it wet. Eventually, the material will seal bottom of the pond. You will know this has happened when the water you put in is held in the bottom. When this happens, you move the feeding location up the edge to where water isn't holding, and the same process continues farther up. Hope I've described the process adequately.
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Brandon Ballentine : The options that I am aware of are clay and gley. If you can get ahold of a large quantity of clay, say bentonite clay, or even just soil with a high clay content, it can be dampened and compacted to line your pond.

Another idea that Geoff Lawton shared in the PDC I took, is using manure as gley. This is basically anything high in organic matter that is forced to break down anaerobically (without oxygen). The way of accomplishing this that sounded best to me was to feed cows or other livestock in the bottom of the empty pond. As they gather there to feed, they will leave manure and compact it. You want to keep it wet. Eventually, the material will seal bottom of the pond. You will know this has happened when the water you put in is held in the bottom. When this happens, you move the feeding location up the edge to where water isn't holding, and the same process continues farther up. Hope I've described the process adequately.
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