• Cool Summer Spring

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    Making a water feature from an old planter insert

    Cast off planter insert transforms into patio pond

    Cast off planter insert transforms into patio pond

    For three years, I didn’t know what to do with this old planter insert. It was water-tight, so I finally figured out to set it into the hill at the edge of the patio and stack up river rock as a background. All the materials, the insert, frog (see ‘im?), cat, galvanized flower cans and the hidden urn, set on the hill above the rocks, were all found at Flea markets or garage sales.


    Serene stone cat and Columbine

    Serene stone cat and Columbine

    The short retaining wall holds one lip of the insert and the river rocks are set at an angle to hold back the earth behind. The frog at the edge has a small pump tube coming out to land in the water. The sound of it is soothing when sitting on the patio here and it looks so cool and fresh in summer. I drain it in the off season so no nasty mosquitoes live in it.

    When you don’t know what to do with something junky that you’ve found, don’t despair, just wait for inspiration to strike!

    More on simple, and complicated water features:


    Annie’s galvanized tipsy pots

    Winterizing Flea Market garden water features





    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.