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My New DIY Fountain

Category: Pianolady's Gardens | Posted: Mon May 25, 2009 10:33 pm

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After shopping for a fountain and only finding one I liked for $499, I decided to take a trip to Harbor Freight and spend $12 to purchase a pump to DIY a fountain with items I already had at home.

The general idea is ....
1. Dig a hole, put a black liner in it (I use a barrel liner or stock feed container).
2. Level the liner! A leaning pot=water running down only one side of the pot and frustration when you have to tear everything back apart to fix it.
3. Drill 1/2" hole in bottom of a pot (or a hole the size of the tubing needed for your pump).
4. Set pot on heavy duty cast iron pot stand (to accommodate the tubing entering from underneath pot)
5. Run the tubing up through the hole, attach tubing to your pump & plug it in. It has to fit snugly into the hole, or you will need to seal it with silicone (you may want to anyway).
6. Use rocks to cover up the edge of your black liner, or let it show and plant right up to the liner, once the plants fill in the liner will not show.

I'd recommend rigging up a tray to the top of your pot if it is large, water weighs a lot. You could also add a small fountain at the top, but I like subtle things, so I do not. Now you've got an effective water feature for ~$60.....even less if you find things you already have to use.

I've created variants of DIY fountains enough times that I can put one of these together in a few hours. If you have never tried it, plan on making a day of it. Oh...and plug it into a GFCI outlet please.

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kuntrygal wrote on Mon May 25, 2009 11:05 pm:

I like that very much. And to think of all the money you saved. We have a Harbor Freight store. Maybe I need to check it out. Great job on your fountain.


eileen wrote on Mon May 25, 2009 11:19 pm:

You've picked just the right combination of plants and rocks to make your fountain even more special. It's been well worth the effort to create such a lovely feature in your garden.

shannonrose wrote on Tue May 26, 2009 3:23 am:

I have been wanting to do a fountain that is similar thanks for sharing yours


Droopy wrote on Tue May 26, 2009 11:27 am:

Very lovely result. You are so good! Thank you for sharing it.


gardengater wrote on Tue May 26, 2009 2:30 pm:

That is a wonderful project, Pianolady. Water features add so much to a garden and yours is a beauty.

eheslep wrote on Wed May 27, 2009 6:01 pm:

Love your creative diy fountain. That has inspired me to go ahead and use a big favorite pot for my own garden.

evergreencottage wrote on Thu May 28, 2009 1:03 am:

Oh what fun....the water feature is wonderful!

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