I’ve Fallen in Love with a Water Fountain!
You know you’ve found true love when He skips all of the fluff gifts and gives you something He knows you really want. On Valentine’s Day, My Man of Steel walked into the house with a bouquet of grocery store flowers. (He knows I love flowers but find the ones from the florists to be an expensive waste of money.) He shares hugs and Valentines with the kiddos and then informs us he forgot something in the car. He comes back through the door with an enormous flower pot announcing, “I thought the kids and I could make you a nice big pond with a fountain in the backyard.” Be still my heart! This is why we’ve been married for 26 years. He gets me!
Build a Water Fountain Pond in a Weekend!
Easy Garden Project for the Entire Family
- large flower pot or vessel for the fountain
- large galvanized stock tank or container for the pond
- pump and filter kit (access to electricity)
- cinder block
- PVC pipe
- general tools including a shovel and level
Step 1: Level Galvanized Pond Container
- We used a 5′ x 1′ circle galvanized stock tank. We purchased it at our local feed store.
- Ask yourself, “Do I really want to dig a giant hole for a pond?”
- My Man of Steel was going to dig a giant hole in our backyard for my pond! HOLD EVERYTHING! We live in the Texas Hill Country and that means we live on a giant slab of rock. Trying to dig a hole in our yard is always a huge disaster. We hit rock each and every time!
- I suggested the galvanized container. He loved the idea of not digging but was not sold on the idea of the galvanized stock tank as it looks like a giant feed trough in the middle of our yard. But hey it’s my present and he’s learned to trust me on some of my crazy ideas.
- The guys, (Daddy and MacGyver) did this first step in less than an hour. That was it for the first day!
*Day Two: We went shopping for the remainder of the supplies and did the rest of the install in a few hours!
Step 2: Build Up the Platform for the Flower Pot
- We used one concrete block as the base.
- We used four pieces of flagstone to create two layers for the water to trickle over.
- Because My Man of Steel builds everything to last, we added a dab of concrete between the stones to keep them level.
- I don’t really care if the tank is level but oh my gosh I rearranged those flagstones too many times to count. I wanted just the right abstract look and water trickle. Let it go Jeannine . . .
Step 3: Dig a Trench for the Pump/Filter Cord
- We put the cord in a PVC pipe.
- Digging this trench was the hardest part of the entire project.
Step 4: Assemble the Pump and Filter Kit
- The kit came with the fountain pipe that we put right through the hole in the bottom of the pot.
- We simply followed the directions in the kit.
- To purchase the right size pump and filter you need to figure the volume of your pond . . . L X W X D in feet X 7.48 = Pond Volume in Gallons
Step 5: Fill with Water and Make Everything Look Pretty
- Grab your water hose and fill up the tank.
- Don’t turn on the filter until it is completely submerged in the water.
- The pump will pull the water up into the pot and then begin overflowing when the pot is full of water.
- Our path is made of concrete stepping stones and recycled glass.
- The recycled glass is tumbled and will not cut your feet.
- We bought it by the bag for about $4.00 each.
- The glass gravel pieces come mixed with sand.
- You water the sand in after your put down your recycled glass path.
Step 6: Add Plants and Fish to Your Pond
- For step-by-step directions on adding the plants and fish check out our post:
- 10 Easy Steps to Create a Simple Backyard Pond with Children
This project has been a real joy for the entire family!
- The kiddos helped plant the plants and of course they selected the fish.
- I can’t believe how much I like watching these fish. It’s crazy.
Feeding the Fish by Hand
- Every morning the fish are waiting to say hello to us.
- The kids even feeds them by hand.
Have You Ever Watched a Water Lily Bloom?
- This is our first water lily bloom. I’m in love and I have the photos to prove it!
- In the morning the bloom is completely closed. As the sun begins to rise the bloom slowly opens. You can actually grab a cup of coffee and watch it bloom. In the evening it slowly begins to close and goes back to sleep. Lovely!
Before and After
A Dose of Reality!
Welcome to My Courtyard in February
- I’ve had grand dreams for this little courtyard. But in February those dreams were still quit illusive.
- Well, it was February and in February every thing looks dull and yucky.
Welcome to My Courtyard in June
- Ah, much better!
- My perennials are just beginning to bloom.
- This is my view from my my kitchen window.
- I don’t like doing dishes but this view makes it much better.
Thank you to my Valentine and my Kiddos!
- Want to start with a smaller pond?
- MacGyver’s pond doesn’t need a pump, filter or electricity.
- This is a great pond for your kids.
Better Homes and Gardens Water Gardening
- MacGyver has read this helpful pond book from cover to cover. It includes directions for small container water gardens as well as large ponds.
Take a peek at our most recent garden project . . .
MacGyver’s very own Butterfly House! He’s so excited! Hope to post soon on this creative science project. Yep, we did it in a weekend from start to finish!
Some day I’ll learn how to sit around and relax. I’ve heard you can do that . . .
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