5. Turn a Kiddie Pool into a Garden Pond
Think it’s too expensive to install a small decorative pond in the corner of your lawn? Not if your liner is a child’s plastic wading pool. To start, dig a hole to the depth and diameter of the kiddie pool, and make sure the pool sits flat on the bottom of the hole and its top is level with the lawn. To allow drainage during heavy rains, punch holes in the sides of the pool. Now position the pool in the hole and pack dirt around the sides. Layer the bottom of the pool with a 50/50 mixture of coarse sand and peat moss, and place flat stones around the top edge to camouflage the pool’s plastic lip. After using a garden hose to fill the pond, set pots of water plants inside – marsh marigolds, Nymphaea (water lilies), royal ferns – and your pretty new garden feature is complete.