10 Mini Water Garden Ideas
Create your own mini water garden from a waterproof container at least 6 inches deep. Of course, a deeper container gives you a much wider choice of plants, and your garden will need at least 6 hours of sun. These tips will guide you:
- Any watertight container will work: aquarium, terrarium, old bathtub, kiddie pool, pottery dish or plastic planter with no holes.
- A gallon of water weighs 8 pounds, so plan to fill your mini garden pond in the place you’ll use it.
- Coat non-galvanized steel tubs with rubber-based paint. They’ll last longer.
- Avoid containers with wood preservatives, tar or oils. They’ll make the water scummy.
- A container that holds about 20 gallons of water will support a goldfish or two.
- Clean all containers with plain water—no detergent.
- Keep all fertilizers far from your water garden.
- Leave plants in their pots. Use bricks to set them at the proper water level. Cover the soil in the pot with pea gravel.
- Algae will cloud the water after a couple of weeks. It will clear in another week.
- Over-winter potted plants in a tub of water in the basement. They’ll go dormant, but rise again once you put them out in the spring.