Our columnist Kevin Lee Jacobs shows how he created a shade garden and a bit of woodland reverie in his garden, complete with an outdoor "dining room," and edged with three seasons of flowering plants.
I made a little pond in my woodland by paying a brawny friend to dig a three-foot-deep, four-foot-wide hole. He lined the cavity with leftover roofing material I had in a shed, and filled it with water. Because mosquitoes are drawn to still water, I submerged a small pump in the pond, which keeps the water moving and well-aerated.
In an aerated pond you can have the joy of goldfish and koi. I gave the pond to 25 such fish and they have discovered I’m their food provider, and now rush to the edge of the pond whenever I approach. Besides fish, there are birds, frogs, and chipmunks who enjoy the gurgling pond as much as I do.