The Water Gardener’s Bible: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building, Planting, Stocking, and Maintaining a Backyard Water Garden

| February 3, 2012 | 5 Comments

The Water Gardener’s Bible: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building, Planting, Stocking, and Maintaining a Backyard Water Garden

Whether it is a small container of water on a deck or patio serving as home to a few plants and water creatures or a more elaborate mix of waterfalls, fountains, rockwork, and lighting, the water garden can be a lovely, spirit-soothing addition to one’s property—a place to unwind, relax, and escape the cares of the world. But while water has been a prominent feature in garden designs for thousands of years, it is only recently—with the availability of preformed kits at the local home impro

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All About Building Waterfalls, Ponds, and Streams (Ortho’s All About Gardening)

• A practical, easy-to-understand guide to adding both still (ponds) and moving (waterfalls and streams) water features to any garden.• Includes complete, easy-to-follow instructions on designing, establishing, and caring for a variety of eye-pleasing water projects.• More than 220 vivid photographs and illustrations, plus detailed instructions, make this guide a must-have for garden enthusiasts looking to plan and build a water feature.• Expert advice on selecting the right fish and pla

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  1. Mark Johnson says:
    17 of 19 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Needs more pond building info, October 25, 2009
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    This book has a lot of good information about plants and fish which is great, however it fairly glosses over the main reason I purchased it, which was to get detailed information about pond construction. Also, for being a recently published book, I was extremely surprised to not see any mention of modern back-washable pressurized bead filters. Get something else if you need detailed pond building information.

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  2. Ken Morris says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Water Gardner’s Bible, June 3, 2011
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    Ken Morris (Edmond, OK United States) –

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    This review is from: The Water Gardener’s Bible: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building, Planting, Stocking, and Maintaining a Backyard Water Garden (Paperback)

    This book is very informational and helpful if you are interested in starting or if you have an existing water garden.

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  3. Albert Reingewirtz "Albert Reingewirtz" says:
    8 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Exactly what I was looking for, August 31, 2009
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    Albert Reingewirtz “Albert Reingewirtz” (Carlsbad, CA USA) –
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    A quick reference book for anything having to do with a fish pond, that is what I was looking for. In addition it has beautiful pictures and very good explanation. Thank you!

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  4. Robert D. Steele says:
    32 of 34 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best in Class, Inspiring, But Start Small, October 27, 2007
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    Robert D. Steele (Oakton, VA United States) –
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    I bought this at Home Depot, which also offers a “materials” service from the same help desk in each store that will help design a deck and print out all the needed materials.

    This offering appears to be “best in class.” I found the following extremely helpful:

    1) Up front discussion of the hardest part, creating a balanced ecosystem with balanced chemistry. If you do nothing else, let county water sit in a tub overnight to dissipate the cholorine, before putting it into a live environment.
    2) Complete coverage (chapter 3) on materials and equipment. This is a lot easier than most might think, but it *does* require hard work if you get much above a pre-fabricated form. Rocks are *heavy* and you need a LOT of them–three times as many as you might think.
    3) Superb photographs and drawings, checklists, and at the end, a list of water resources.

    I am struck by how many people seem to be turning not only to waterfalls, but to full-up water gardens. While perhaps difficult to support in drought conditions, my wife and I have had a small pond for years and now want to move up to a waterfall and 4 times larger pond, and this is the book that has made that possible.

    If you are discouraged or do not feel up to the challenge, I do recommend a very simple water feature, just a wash-tup and one of those spouting lion heads, or the bamboo trio. For under $100, you can get a water feature that is ready to go and plugs in, and for under $75 you can get a world class wind-chime. Add an outdoor clay fire pot with chimney, and you have the three key ingredients: water, wind, and fire.

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  5. G. W. Powell says:
    30 of 32 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Most complete and detailed book for creating Ponds and Streams, June 11, 2006
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    G. W. Powell
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    Good book. Pictures are good and the descriptions and details from the creation of Ponds, Streams and Waterfalls is the most complete of all the books that I have purchased or read. It could do a little better job of describing how to integrate a Bog Garden with a Pond. I still have questions about that.

    Overall the best of the breed.

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