March 30, 2007, Newsletter Issue #6: The Barrel As A Wood Water Fountain

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One version of the wood water fountain that can help create a rustic look in your garden is the barrel. Itís an attractive water fountain you can create with just a few simple materials. Hereís how.

What youíll need:
Wood barrelPea GravelBricksPlant containersAquatic potting mix
What youíll need to do:
First raise the level within the barrel with a shelf, as few aquatic plants can survive in water over three feet deep.Top off the base with gravel to create a level surface. The gravel also allows you to arrange the plants more easily while giving your wood water fountain an attractive appearance.Marginal plants, like parrot feather and hornwort, can populate the edge. Put them in aquatic potting mix into baskets raised on bricks.A water lily can grow in a container filled with potting mix in the deeper part of the barrel.Fill the barrel with water to just a few inches from the top edge.

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