Crazy idea...trash can for pond?

Joshaeus

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Hi everyone! Here's a bizarre idea...could I use a large, round, plastic trash can for a water garden? If so, is there any way I can paint the exterior to make it a little more attractive? My family is moving to another apartment within a few weeks, and my landlord has requested that any water gardens are confined to the patio, which is about 5 ft by 30 inches...I need something that is both compact AND provides the height required to convince water lilies to bloom (though obviously it's going to take some thought to get marginals to grow in this thing!). Thanks!
 
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Water lilies don't need a depth to grow or bloom. I have one in my patio pond which is less than 18 inches deep.

Here's what I have:


These aren't cheap by any means, but they are durable, they have shelves for plants, are set up for small pumps, they're finished to look nice on the patio, and will last for years and years. Other manufacturers may make something similar - I've never really checked - but I love mine!
 
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And another one:


I just feel like all the things you've suggested will look exactly like what they are - a trash can or tote with water in it. These are made for the purpose you're trying to achieve - I'd cut to the chase and get the right tool for the job.
 
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Just have some small minnows in the pond, zero biters will breed. And water movement
 
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