How to Grow Vegetables Close to a Pond


Planning an edible garden of vegetables to add to your current home landscape allows you to experiment with new flavors and to add extra foliage to your environment. Planning your vegetable garden according to elements on your property allows you to take full advantage of your growing conditions. For example, planting a variety of moisture-loving vegetables near a garden pond enables the vegetables to take nutrients from the enriched, moist soil nearby. Growing vegetables close to a pond proves to be an easy endeavor and a rewarding hobby that provides your family with nutritious and organic foods.

Step 1

Select a 5-foot-by-5-foot area of land near your garden pond. Make sure it is at least a foot from the edge of the water to prevent soil erosion during plant growth.

Step 2

Dig down about a foot with your shovel in the entire area. Use the excess earth to form a barrier between the pond and the garden plot. Make the barrier about 6 inches tall, bordering the outer edge of the garden plot.

Step 3

Place bordering stones along the outer side of the raised barrier of dirt.

Step 4

Layer the bottom of the 1-foot-deep garden plot with 2 inches of sphagnum peat moss.

Step 5

Layer about a foot of potting soil over the top of the sphagnum peat moss. Level the mound of potting soil with the back of your shovel.

Step 6

Select an assortment of water-loving vegetable seeds to sow in the garden soil. Some plants include asparagus, lettuce and Swiss chard greens. Sow the seeds according to the directions on each packet to grow a variety of plants.

Step 7

Water the garden with a bucket of the pond water once a week, administering about 5 gallons of water each week.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden tools (hoe, shovel, rake, so on)
  • Potting soil
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Assorted vegetable seeds (moisture-thriving varieties)
  • Large border stones


  • Washington State University: Pond Gardening
  • University of Illinois: Water Garden
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Chelsea Hoffman is a professional freelance writer with works published both on the Web and in print. She currently resides in Las Vegas. The author of the new series of horror novellas, titled "Fear Chronicles," Hoffman's work can also be found on environmental websites like, where she helps spread environmental awareness with her mighty pen.