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Great idea - my garden is too small for anything larger.
great idea i am definitely going to try this ! thanks for the idea.
Awesome, I cant wait to try this out in the garden. :-) thank you
good idea. but i've been given a 3 tier fountain and i would like to set it up.can you give me any advice please?
kaycurtis
I have two small ponds one of which is in a half barrel with water lilies, it was lovely last year but had to clean it up this year, the other in a big plastic tub which also lovely but needed a pump, worked well when the sun was out but useless any other time, I had fish in this little pond but they succumed to cats and a rat, leaving the pond ransid so no more fish for me but I will continue with the water feature, for birds to drink from and insects and frogs can frequent.

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brilliant.We had a pond in our last home .Which since moving house have missed.Having only a small area in our new garden available for a water feature this will be the perfect solution.
I would like to try this, but you haven't said how to treat the water feature over winter- and a list of suitable plants would be useful, too.
tid51
I agree with Bigsis plant names would be helpful .
I'd love to do this with my tin bath, but have 2 questions: 1) How best to plug the hole in the side? 2) Do I need to line it if I'm putting fish in, or is the tin safe for them, I wouldn't want them to be poisoned or anything! (I'm no scientist!) Many thanks Steph
I've had this old tin bath behind my shed for 20 years. I knew it would come in useful one day
Great idea. I have an old butler sink which would look rather nice as a pond. But where do i get the compost and plants from? Ive looked everywhere!!
Harry Richardson
I know this sounds stupid.. But could you keep a fish in it?
I like the idea, it seems very easy but doesn't the water get very warm and then wouldn't it become a breeding place for mosquitos? My water butt which catches rain water has quite a good lid but when I open it in summer there are always some mossies in there, lots of dead ones too.
Need suggestions for water lilies for a bath exactly like this …how many to put in, where to buy them and which oxygenating plant is best?

Read the article on tin bath water gardens and found it really helpful. I made one my self but had no advise and now know how to make it better. Mine has yucky gunge all over it and I am about to clean it out and now know how to keep it better and even though its a small bath it has done well considering my lack of knowledge. Will be off to find the right compost for a start and water baskets and an aerating plant to sweeten up the water. Just need to find a good water garden supplier near me. Just glad I found this article If any one knows of a good water garden centre near Coventry  please let me know.

 

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But how to best deal with mosquito larvae with standing water being a haven for them?
Could you list the plants used? Thanks :)
Pb9 wrote (see)
But how to best deal with mosquito larvae with standing water being a haven for them?
Hopefully an aquatic predator will take up residence at some point and help with the problem.

 

ozwig

Hello Mo6,

one of the best i know is Blooms along the A45 going south, take the Dunchurch turn and go from there. Been a year or two since ive been in but they used to have just about everything. The down side ? you might well have to negotiate the toll bar road works, depending where you live, so take a drink and some lunch

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