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Why and how to build your own ponds with Robert Pavlis, author of Building Natural Ponds: 37


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We’re really excited about today’s guest Robert Pavlis. Robert is a master gardener who has designed and cultivated his own world class private botanical garden on his property in Ontario, Canada and is the author of both gardening myths and building natural ponds. In today’s episode we’ll be focusing on natural ponds, and Robert’s successes and learning experience in mimicking nature to bring all the benefits of a pond into his garden environment.

In this interview Robert talks in detail about the increased biodiversity both in the water and along the shores that a pond attracts. We go into pond lining options, simple diagnostics for water quality, design considerations and much more. Now some of you permies and regenerative landscaping folks might find that this interview is a bit heavy on the residential and gardening perspective, and you’d be right, so I would challenge you to leave comments on the abundant edge facebook page or in the comments sections under this episode on the website if you’d like to challenge any of the information in this interview or offer a different perspective on pond construction. But honestly, I think just about anyone will find a gold mine of information in here and Robert does a fantastic job of breaking down the design and installation into really easy to follow steps that we know will empower you to build a pond of your own, and if that’s the case then stay tuned at the end of the interview to see how you can win your very own copy of the book, Building Natural Ponds. 

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