A half whiskey barrel can become a striking water feature in a garden. They also aid in reducing the amount of mosquitoes around your home through fish. A vibrant little ecosystem, the ponds support plants and animals. Their own little ecosystem, whiskey barrel ponds are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. A small fountain can also be added for a charming sound. With some tools and supplies, whiskey barrel water features can be made for your home garden.
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Things you need
- Half whiskey barrel
- 5 by 5 rubber liner
- Industrial strength staple gun
- Industrial strength scissors
- Drill, with 1/2-inch bit
- Chlorine-free water
- Oxygenating pond plants
- Mosquito eating fish
Place the rubber liner in the whiskey barrel and tuck it in to all the corners.
Staple the lining to the barrel, about 1-inch below the rim, spaced 1-inch apart. Trim the overhanging edges of the lining, so the top of the lining finishes 3/4-inch before the rim.
Drill a 1-inch hole an inch down from the rim of the barrel, to allow overflow on rainy days.
Fill the barrel, up to the lining, with non-chlorinated water.
Place the plants in the water container and space them how you would like.
Place fish in the barrel after a month, to allow the water to age.
Tips and warnings
- Change 5 per cent of the water every week.
- Keep more plants in the pond than fish, for the fish may run out of food otherwise.
- Do not put koi in half whiskey barrel ponds because they quickly outgrow their surroundings.
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