How to make a pond in a pot


Hello, my name is Katie Rushworth and today
I am going to show you how to make pond in a pot. A pond in a pot is a concept that I came up
with because water is essential in a garden, especially if your want to attract wildlife
but not everybody has the space for a huge pond. One can be created in this though believe
it or not. This is just a standard terracotta glazed
container. Now the first thing we need to do is deal
with this hole in the bottom of the pot. Snd to do that I am going to use just a standard
pebble and some bathroom sealant. Now I am going to be really generous with
this because we want a really tight seal so no water can escape. It is also worth when you’re buying you’re
container, checking that it only has one drainage hole because if you had to fill or cover 5
or 6 drainage holes at the bottom it would make the job a little bit trickier. OK. So, there is my bathroom sealant. Now my sealant is dry I am going to add some
more pebbles to the bottom and this is because I really want to have a little ledge that
if any wildlife falls into it ca still get out of the sides because this is quite a deep
pot.And then I am going to add more gravel to the bottom and this really is for any wildlife
that wants to find a home in here as well as giving me that little bit of extra height
to support the plants. OK and now for my plants, now I have got a
selection here. This is one of my favourites, it is a little
bit damaged this one but it is a marsh marigold and in the spring it has these brilliant bright
yellow flowers, they are stunning. So I am definitely wanting to put that one
in and it creates a kind of mound of plant that will kind of tumble over the edge so
we are definitely having one of those. And then the next one is water mint and this
is lovely, it gets a really lovely purple flower on and you can’t eat this version but
it smells just like mint, it is lovely so that will go in. And the nice thing about using the plants
is again, it is all about creating a habitat that wildlife are happy to visit. And with any pond, no matter how big or small
it is really good to have at least one third of the surface of the pond covered with foliage
and that creates shade for any fish or frogs or newts that will be in there and they will
be much happier in that kind of environment. Get a little bit of form with this grass,
I might swap those two around actually to put a bit of height at the back I think and
this at the front. Now in a normal pond you could plant these
in pockets of soil but as this is only a small container I don’t want them to become too
invasive and take over so they are staying in their little containers. Now my plants are placed I think I might leave
that one out as lovely as it is I think it will be overkill. Now I am going to fill it up with rainwater,
but you can use tap water if you like but it will take a couple of days to settle and
the wildlife certainly won’t be enthusiastic about tap water. So I am going to use rainwater and then hopefully
the wildlife will make themselves at home an awful lot quicker. Now these plants are all meant to be grown
submerged in water like this, they are called marginal plants. And they will live very happily in here. If you place this somewhere sunny it might
evaporate a little and will need topping up but apart from that it is actually no maintenance
whatsoever. I managed to squeeze that final plant in after
all it was too nice to leave out. And that is it finished and in situ. After a couple of days it should settle and
become crystal clear and I am really please with it, , it looks great. For more how to videos visit silverlinetools.com

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