No garden is complete without the sight and sound of water. Great for toe-dipping on a hot sunny day, this mini-pond is too small for fish but a welcome watering spot for thirsty birds. Any large container can be used to make a mini-pond, as long as it is watertight. A toy-tidy, like this one, is ideal.
- Large, wide container
- Lead from a wine bottle top
- Flower pot
- 2 aquatic plants such as golden sedge and monkey flower
- Strands of oxygenating weed
- Small floating plants
such as water lettuce
and floating ferns
1: Put a layer of gravel in the bottom of a large, wide container and fill with water almost to the top.
2: Lower the aquatic plants (which should be in net pots when you buy them) gently into the water around the edge.
3: Bend a piece of lead around the base of pieces of oxygenating weed to weigh them down. Pot the bunch into a flower pot and put a layer of gravel on the surface.
4: Lower the pot into the mini-pond, then add a few floating plants. Sink the pond into a hole in the garden so that it keeps cool.
Gardener’s Tip: Keep shallow containers in a semi-shady area to avoid excess evaporation. Plant up an adjoining mix of tulips and alliums for a spring and early summer display. Plant in Spring.