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Talkback: How to make a bubbling urn water feature

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 11:33

I am not very comfortable with electrical stuff, especially mixing it with water. I wanted a bubble pool on my patio and a friend helped me set one up after convincing me that it was safe. It is cheaper to buy the stuff separately than buying the kit.

I have mine on top of  a large ceramic plant pot(it is the reservoir for the water) If you are concerned about safety with children you can use a large plastic container as the reservoir but bury it in the ground.

We used a small pond pump, two bricks to sit the pump on inside the reservoir; a large plant pot saucer to sit snug on the plant pot. we drilled a hole in the centre of it. You can even use a round mesh  plant support. The three holes in the plant pot were plugged with wine bottle corks and reinforced with aquatic glue for good measure.

You need an outdoor electric plug to plug the pump into, to circulate the water. The SOLAR pumps are touch and go even in a sunny summer!

We got a bag of pebbles to spread on the plant saucer, filled the plant pot with water, adjusted the flow on the pump and bingo.......another wish come true.

All in all it cost me less than £30.00p and it did not take long for the little birds to start using it as a birdbath and watering hole.

I have set them up for a few of my neighbours too, after they saw mine.

The only downside for me is that I have to put it away in the winter, but then I do that with the fish pond pump etc.too. besides, it's too cold to sit in the garden then!!

So, please do have a go,if you love water in your garden.If an old woman like me can do it, so can anyone, good luck

is it ok to feed birds ordinary suet rather the prepared bird suet you can buy

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 09:56

I have been using suet and lard for years, as fat balls and as it is. I buy the cheapest  that I can find(Lidl and Aldi is cheapest at the moment) The most expensive is Tesco and Sainsburys(49p last week) Might have gone up since the snowfall!

My problem is stopping the water freezing in the bird bath, floating balls, hot water in bowls etc. have not worked. I even tried the additive sold by PRIMROSE on Amazon (pricey at £5.00p plus £5.00p P&P !!)

Luckily, the pond is still O K with the pump still working ( will have to be turned off if it gets any colder) together with an old rug on top of the pond over night.No wonder the young neighbours (with a concrete garden) think that I am a saddo!

what do you think is the best make of bird food you have bought?

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 10:21

You are right flowering rose, the large bags of bird seed in Tesco are good and do not have a lot of wheat and corn which gets wasted. I found that Morrisons bird feed has too much wheat etc. In the summer Tesco reduced the big bags by 50p and I stocked up! So do keep a look out this year. I find the pet stores rather expensive. No wonder it is a multi million pound business!

Morrisons peanuts are good value I found, compared to the others.I found, though cheap, quid stores' fat balls have more SAND than fat!

Alan, I make fat balls with lard (it's going up by leaps and bounds, I noticed...went up from 39p to 45p in 3 days!! It's 49p in Tesco, what a ripoff)

I mix value oats with bird seed,sunflower seeds and peanuts to make the fat balls.The oats seem to bind the mixture together. Where do you live Alan, to get enough heat to melt them.......lucky you.

When it gets cold, I soak oats with value dried fruit and raisins with leftover cheese,rind, rice and potato and leave it all out on a pot plant saucer. I does not last very long! I find meal worms etc. rather expensive, so hope these little treats help the little darlings make up for the loss of their habitat and foraging countryside.

Waterbut downpipes

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 09:40

Thank you Flowering rose.......I often do that. My neighbours had their garden "re-designed" and threw out 4 skip loads of beautiful plants(bought at great cost) and lots of pots etc. as they did not fit in their new design!

I got permission and acquired some good gear for my garden.What a waste....small wonder that our planet is in trouble.

Bob, you are right, I went on the site........almost £20.00p for a 1" connection!! Like you I shall do a "heath robinson" and stick it on with some aquatic glue

By the way, I did something similar to you, using a a plastic "top" that are sold to protect plant canes as that bit is also not sold seperately but a "kit" for 20 pounds!! Boy, talk about rip off, the mind boggles.

Waterbut downpipes

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 09:49

Thank you, Bob and Artjak. I did look but will  try again.

Waterbut downpipes

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 12:57

Reading comments on water butts prompted me to ask about down pipe connectors for a HALLS aluminium GH.The guttering is1" wide and I am unable to find a connection that fits. Any ideas please. Thank you.

Water feature

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 10:01

How is your garden pond a health risk Sam?

new years resolution

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 09:51

I believe in what you have said Sam. Life, quietly teaches us alot, if we take note of what it throws at us!!

I feel sad for your loss too Maud and hope this year is a happier one


Posted: 02/01/2013 at 11:25

I have "dalek" bins and they sit on slabs like hypercharleyfarley.The advice given above is very good as it has worked for me too. One of my neighbours bought the "tumbler" at great expense but it did not work for the reasons given above. And yes, do try the FOC method with the council.....good luck.

Honeysuckle 'Winter Beauty'

Posted: 02/01/2013 at 10:52

Mine is still asleep too, I blame it ALL on the weather last year....I'm not a happy bunny at the moment as it is by the window and reminds me that warmer days are a coming....nothing this year.

The sun came out yesterday and the weather put a cork in the bucket in the sky, so I was able to viev the "estate". Lots of plants shooting up, I hope we do not get a sharp frost which might hurt them. Never mind, fingers crossed and back to hot drink and seed catalogues Enjoy everyone!

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