Small Water FeatureInstalling a small pond into an existing garden or the addition of a water feature on a patio or deck can be enjoyed by anyone, even the novice gardener. The smallest water garden can offer serenity on a deck, balcony or patio.

A simple pool with a compact waterfall, a small fountain or tub garden can be installed in as little as one day. You can hire a professional to install a water feature in your garden, but it is a relatively easy DIY project that can be completed in one or two days.

Here is a small project for those of you wanting to try water gardening without the space or budget for large pond.

Choose a water tight container or make it water tight by lining the pot with heavy gauge plastic, silicone or pond liner. If you are planning to add water lilies and fish, they require at least 12 inches of water.

Select a location for your water garden with at least 4 hours of sunshine daily and protected from afternoon rays.

Fill with water and allow to stand for 24 hours before adding plants or fish.

Choose your aquatic plants based on the size of the container; smaller pots 1 or 2 plants, medium pots 2 or 3 plants.

Pot the plants in black plastic planters and top with pea gravel to prevent soil erosion and stabilize the pots.

Submerge the pots, supporting them on clay pots or rocks.

In the fall, move your water garden indoors or dismantle until next year.

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