Have you ever thought about adding a simple water feature to your garden?
I’ve started a little coastal themed area in the garden with some driftwood, pebbles and coastal plants such as Armeria and grass. To add to this little vignette I thought I’d make a water feature. I’ve always found the sound of water relaxing and to watch water flowing is therapeutic. It adds an extra touch to a coastal themed garden. I couldn’t find a water feature that I liked or that didn’t cost a fortune so I thought I’d look into making one. I wanted a simple feature with beachy pebbles and used I an old metal pail which would suit a country or beach style garden.
To make this water feature
You will need a water pump suitable for an aquarium or small water feature.
You will also need a bucket or plant pot, some plastic tubing that is the same diameter as the pump, this is the one I used:
You will also need some garden wire netting, wire snippers, river rock pebbles (I used three bags found in the pound shop), plastic plant pot, wire cutters and water.
First cut the garden wire down to fit the inside of your container. You’ll want it to fit just down from the top of your container.
Then fit the tube to the pump and cut down the tube to roughly around the top of your container, you’ll cut it down again later.
Make a hole in the bottom of your plastic plant pot that is large enough for the tube to fit through.
Place the pump in the bottom of the bucket and the plant pot upside down over the top of the pump. Drape the pump cable over one side of your container. Now cut the tube down a bit again so that it is the same height as where the wire netting sits in the bucket.
Fit the wire into the bucket (with the edges pointing to the bottom of the bucket), above the plant pot and cut the tube down to the same height as the wire.
Add on the pebbles/rocks. Make sure you use the larger stones first so they don’t fall through the wire and place the smaller ones on top.
Take the feature outside to situate where you want it. You will probably need a special outdoor extension lead like this one for plugging the feature in.
Pour some water in, turn on the pump and watch to see how much water you’ll need, if you put too much in it will go everywhere so adjust the level of water as necessary. You’ll also want to move the pebbles around the tube area to get the water pattern that you like the most.
I added some beach glass to the top for added interest. This is of course not necessary.
I’m thinking adding marbles might look pretty too.
Here’s a video of it in action!
Disclaimer: Please always follow manufacturer’s instructions, it can be dangerous when using electricity near water.
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