Mini pond in a bucket display

Do it:

Apr, May, Jun

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Don't despair if you only have a tiny garden. Your dream of having a pond is easier to realise than you think. Our mini container pond is big enough to host your favourite aquatic plants and in no time, you'll be able to enjoy watching the wildlife it will attract.

This simple display uses floating pond plants, which don't need planting in aquatic baskets. Simply pop them on the surface of a bucket of water and they'll romp away. Place the bucket in a sunny, sheltered corner and the water hyacinth may produce flowers, but it's not frost hardy so move the mini pond into a greenhouse for winter.

You will need

  • Water lettuce, Pistia
  • Water hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes
  • Frogbit, Hydrocharis morsus ranae
  • Old tin bath or bucket
  • All-purpose silicone sealant

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Prepare your container by filling in any holes in the bottom with waterproof sealant. Leave to dry. Fill two-thirds with rainwater from your water butt.

Add the plants to the container, taking care to remove any brown leaves before you pop them in. Move the bucket to a sunny spot and keep the water level topped up.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Fancy something a bit bigger? Use an old tin bath or galvansied animal-drinking trough to create a larger pond with a similar look. You’ll be able to include a small water lily and potted aquatic plants in a larger container, too.

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