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Our Floating Garden for Ponds System is designed
in modular units that can be inter-connected to form a floating plant island.
The system is designed for ponds containing fish that enjoy (to the detriment
of the plants) nibbling on the roots and eating the floating vegetation.
Therefore, each floating plant bed in our modular units is contained in a
porous mesh basket that keeps the fish away from the roots and the plants. As
the name 'floating garden' implies, the plant bed in each unit floats on the
surface of your pond. The individual units are perfect for growing herbs,
lettuce, mesclun mixes, chili peppers, and ornamental pond plants - all without
soil or pots that can muddy your pond. By following our directions, you simply
"plant" bedding plants or pond plants (available at nurseries) into our modular
units and you are ready to go.
How Does it
The ammonia in the fish wastes in your pond is
converted by bacteria in the pond and filtration system first to nitrites and
then to nitrates. Ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates are toxic to your fish if the
concentrations are high enough. When things are in balance, the ammonia and
nitrite levels generally drop to safe levels. This is not the case with
nitrates without intervention.
There are only four ways of reducing the nitrate
level in the pond. The first is to periodically add water to the pond lost by
evaporation - however simply adding more water might not be sufficient to
reduce the nitrates to acceptable levels. The second method is to periodically
siphon or pump a portion of the pond water into the sewer or onto you lawn. The
third is to build an anaerobic nitrate filtration system (like sewage plants
employ) to deal with the problem. In the first two case nitrates make their way
into the ground water (not good); the third way is very costly. The fourth way
is to utilize the nitrates in the pond water to feed plants and herbs that you
can eat and use in cooking, or to feed ornamental pond plants. That's where we
The Floating Garden For Ponds System consists of
modular floating plant units that can be added to as desired. The more you have
in relationship to the size of your pond and the size and number of your fish -
the better utilization of the nitrates by the plants and the less you need to
dump pond water to keep your fish healthy. A further advantage to your fish
especially when multiple units are connected to make a floating "island", is
the shade and security from predators the floating island provides your
Each modular unit comes with either one 3" net
pot or four 2" net pots. Order modular units with four 2" net pots for herbs
and lettuces that aren't large growers. Order modular units with one 3" net pot
for larger plants such as chards, bok choy, or ornamental pond plants.
You may purchase either one or more individual
modular units separately or you can purchase a four-unit floating plant island
with either one 3" net pot per modular unit or four 2" net pots per modular
unit at a savings in cost. The four unit floating plant islands are perfect for
ponds up to 500 gallons (approximately 10' diameter x 18" deep).
You can get an idea of some other Floating
Garden configurations you can make by clicking here. Many
other arrangements are possible. You can plan the shape of your Floating Garden
to blend in with the shape of your pond.
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