When talking about tubs and kettle containers that are going to be used in your
water garden, these are most often the smaller containers that are smaller than
five foot wide and just about three foot deep. The smaller types of containers
such as these are widely used in corners of the gardens, along the deck or patio
or in the greenhouse where you want a great change in your gardening tasks. If
you are going to use a wooden barrel be sure to line it with some type of
plastic or rubber liner so that your container water garden will last longer.
You will need to pay attention to where you are placing your containers so that
your plants in the containers can have the best water environment that will keep
them growing and thriving. The real answer to water gardening in a container is
that you place you container in an area where it will not be hit by the strong
high temperatures of the mid summer day. When the temperatures are highest
during the day, your container should be in the shade or the indirect sunlight.
While your water garden will need sunlight, the highest temperatures of the day
will warm the water too much and stress out your plants in the container.
First starting with your container and then filling it with water, you should
let the container sit for at least two days before adding your plants. This will
give you ample time to address leaks, problems, or the arrangement of where your
water garden is situated before you get too far in your project. The settling of
the water over the two days will also ensure that any chlorine in the water will
settle to the bottom of the container before adding your plants.
With the container water garden, you should also be aware the mosquitoes can be
a problem for the small area of water. Placing a few mosquito fish, snails, and
keeping snakes in your area (just donít kill off the ones that you have) will
help control the mosquitoes around your container water garden. After setting
your plants in the container water garden, be sure to wait at least ten days
before introducing fish to the container so you will be balancing the
environment for your fish and your plants together. Always know how many fish of
any type can be put in a certain amount of water so that you are not adding too
many fish to the smaller container water gardens so your fish will enjoy and
thrive in their new environment.