Digging a Bog Pond is Fun!
I own a few acres of northern river bottom, flood plain, swamp, marsh, and bog. A diverse and rich landscape, altho frightfully buggy in the summertime! (bog = bug = coincidence?)
So anyway, I have a foot trail and wooden plank bridge crossing a bog to an piece of higher ground on my river. When the river floods water flows thru there. In the past I have dug peat there for my garden and there is water standing in that channel all the time altho it gets stagnant.
During this recent warm spell I've been cleaning that area up of fallen trees, brush, and dead stuff. Then I drove my garden tractor & trailer down there and got it down that trail so I could load up with peat. Took sand down and made the trail wider and of course I got stuck. And I doubt if that "1000 lb" Sears trailer will last long without ripping apart.
But it sure is fun digging that nice peat and muck and enlarging that channel into a "pond." Looking at it beforehand it seemed like a TREMENDOUS amount of work, but after a few days clearing and digging there is quite a transformation. My plan is to change a rather stagnent trashy looking area into a little jewel with a constantly flowing outlet into the river. I can also divert some springs and seeps from a swamp into it too. LOTS of hard work, but not the impossible task I previously thought it to be.
What are your "gardens" like and how have you worked on them? What is your water flow like? What is your peat like? Naturally in place or hauled in?