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  • May 23rd, 2009 | 5:32 PM
In my garden today

We recently put a pondless water feature in our backyard. I got the idea from lusty . Originally I had a different fountain head on it and the water was just burbling up the top and down the side. The birds ignored it. The hummingbirds would come by but not stop. So I switched the fountain head and everyone seems happy now. 

This was a really simply project. We sunk a feed bucket in ground. Put in a solar pump. Put in an auto-fill float valve like you use in the toilet. Ran the hose over to the faucet and buried it. We put a barbecue grate over the bucket and ran the tube up the grate and up the center of the rock. Then we covered the grate with rocks. The panel for the solar pamp is off to the side on the arbor.






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cynthialord
May 24th, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)
Oh, how lovely!
susanwrites
May 24th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Cindy.
artistq
May 24th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
that is beautiful! Great job!
susanwrites
May 24th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
patesden
May 24th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
You've been peeking in my brain. Srsly, your pondless water feature is exactly like the image that ignited the novel I'm brainstorming.

Maybe I'll have to change one of the character's name from Majorie to Susan:)
susanwrites
May 24th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
LOL. That's too funny! I need to see if I can get some better pics. This one was through the glass.
absolut_jmo
May 24th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
I am going to have to borrow this idea. I have a small pond but I would love something like this elsewhere in my yard. I love the little bird enjoying the shower!
susanwrites
May 24th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
It was great fun to do and I'm looking forward to doing the next one in the front yard.
(Anonymous)
May 24th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
Now see every time I put in a solar pump it burns out by the end of the summer. Even if I manage to keep the water in it, I get lime buildup to the point that it can't run anymore.

Which means I need to get another one. And a proper pond kit. And, you know, sufficient cooperation from the body to get all this done

Peni
susanwrites
May 24th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Well this could burn out too since it's only been on a couple of months. We'll see.

I really want a pond but this yard is so tiny I can't find a place for it. I had hoped the wine barrel pot ponds would help but they don't. I don't like them much.
lkmadigan
May 24th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
I'm going to show this to my husband. I want one!
susanwrites
May 24th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
I thought you might. :)
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