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24/11/2011 at 15:27
Great idea - my garden is too small for anything larger.
24/11/2011 at 15:27
great idea i am definitely going to try this ! thanks for the idea.
24/11/2011 at 15:27
Awesome, I cant wait to try this out in the garden. :-) thank you

24/11/2011 at 15:27
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?
24/11/2011 at 15:27
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.
24/11/2011 at 15:28
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.
24/11/2011 at 15:28
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.
24/11/2011 at 15:28
I agree with Bigsis plant names would be helpful .
24/11/2011 at 15:28
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
24/11/2011 at 15:28
I've had this old tin bath behind my shed for 20 years. I knew it would come in useful one day
24/11/2011 at 15:29
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!!
08/01/2012 at 20:53
I know this sounds stupid.. But could you keep a fish in it?
08/01/2012 at 23:09
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.
02/05/2014 at 10:39
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?
10/05/2014 at 13:34

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.


31/07/2014 at 23:59
But how to best deal with mosquito larvae with standing water being a haven for them?
04/06/2015 at 12:27
Could you list the plants used? Thanks :)
04/06/2015 at 12:41
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.


04/06/2015 at 16:32

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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