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GARDEN TALK with DOUG - Small Water Gardens

Do you love the idea of a pond?  No problem, you can create a mini water paradise.  A small water garden on the balcony, terrace, landscape, or deck is fun for the whole family.  The only required ingredients are water, a container, and plants.  A half whiskey barrel with a plastic liner or a large, decorative glazed container can make ideal containers for small water gardens.  It is best to have water that is at least 12 inches deep.

Plants complete the water garden.  There are several types of water plants.  Submerged plants such as Anacharis help to keep the water clean.  Floating plants such as Water Hyacinth help to shade the water surface.  Water lilies, Lotus, and Lily-like plants also stay close to the surface and have beautiful flowers.  As with any container garden, you want low growing and upright elements.

Use a brick or an over turned container submerged below the surface of the water to allow you to vary the height of your plants.

Water gardens require a minimum of 6 hours of direct sun every day.

It is fun to add extras to small water gardens.  If it is near a power source, add a spitter to circulate water and shoot it into the air.  A goldfish or two can be enjoyable.

Care of a small water garden is quite simple.  Add water occasionally to replace what is lost to evaporation.  In the absence of moving water or fish, “mosquito dunks” will help control mosquito larvae and not harm the plants.  Pellet fertilizer for the potted plants help keep the plants healthy.  In the winter do not allow the garden to freeze through entirely.  Tropical plants will need to be over-wintered in the house.

 

Posted: 5/22/2013 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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