If you are itching for a new hobby or an inexpensive way to change up your garden without getting your hands (and wallet!) too mucky – look no further than a traditional raised container. Pots are no longer committed to houseplants. I first discovered “pot in a pond” at a fellow nature-loving colleague’s home, and was adamant on trying it for myself. Pot in a pond is a lovely addition to any nursery. Plus, you’ll avoid a lot of digging. You can even add some colorful live fish to your mixture of water, plants, and soil!
To Create a Pond in a Pot follow next steps:
If you set the pot on it’s side, you’ll notice a drainage hole at the bottom. Feed your low voltage water pump through the hole, and leave it as flexible as possible to be able to move the pot around. Having water pumped in will create movement in the water.
Make sure your drainage hole is sealed and dried before you proceed further.
Fill the pot with water.
Add your smaller pot plants and aquatic plants depending on how you’ve planned your pond creatively. Do this carefully and slowly. You will also want to take this time to add gravel, rocks, or pebbles to help keep your water clean.
Wait two days to add fish (or they will likely not survive), and when you do, immerse the bag of fish in the pond water. After the fish have sat in their plastic bag for an hour or so, they can be released into the water to swim freely.
Add floating mosquito donuts, because as much as you’ll love your soothing, new aquatic experience, the mosquitoes will too. They are known to flock to swampy watery areas and they seem to love aquatic plants. So, these floating disks of mosquito goodness will get rid of mosquitoes within the first thirty days. Besides, these donuts are safe for fish and pets!
Materials Needed for your Pot in a Pond:
- Aquatic plants (Water Lily, Lotus, Duckweed, Floating Heart)
- Large (glazed) Pot
- Smaller pot with no drainage hole
- Small pebbles, crystals, minerals, or other rocks.
- Goldfish or other fish (optional)
- Large pitcher of water
- Water pump
- Mosquito Donuts (optional)