Do it your­self… WA­TER FEA­TURE

NZ House & Garden - Outdoor Living - - Fire & Water -

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.

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