Like lilturtle, I am thinking of starting a container pond to test the waters, so to speak, and see if I'm ready to commit to an in-ground pond.
I have a half wine barrel I could use and my local garden center sells liners to make sure it's water tight. I would like to do a few water plants and a small handful of fish, and I would like it to be attractive to creatures that can help eat slugs and bugs in my garden. Is that a possibility with such a small pond? What would I need to place around/near it to attract the good guys? Would frogs and toads need to be introduced, or if I build it, will they come?
Any and all advice is welcome, especially since I am still trying to convince my husband that this is a good idea!