Do it yourself… WATER FEATURE
Add another dimension to your garden by making a mini pond in a container
Apond-in-a-pot is easy to make and requires minimal care. Begin by thoroughly cleaning your chosen container and sealing any drainage holes with silicone. You may want to paint the inside a dark colour, which will make the finished pond look more spacious and deep as well as help slow the growth of algae. Position your container in an area that is semi-shaded or sheltered from afternoon sun.
Arrange sufficient washed gravel and bricks in the base to bring the plants to the right level. Choose three to five plants of varying forms, such as erect, floating or broad leaf.
Two-thirds fill the container with water. Position your plants on the bricks – if the pond will be viewed from one direction, place the taller plants at the back; if seen from all sides, place them in the centre. Avoid overcrowding the container. Cover the soil in each plant pot with a layer of pebbles. Top up the level of the water to around 2-3cm below the rim of the container.
Check the water level every couple of days. Adding a stone that just breaks the surface of the water gives birds a landing platform from which to take a drink. You could also install a bubbler or fountain, both of which will deter mosquito larvae.