April 26, 2016 Filed Under: Garden Tips 10 CommentsFundamentals Of Water Gardening Let’s explore the fundamentals of water gardening. If you want to add a relaxing zen type atmosphere to your gardens, you might think about adding a bubbling or trickling fountain to your outdoor space. (source) If you have bubbling or moving water in your fountain, this will keep mosquitoes from laying larvae in your water feature. Not only are they a pain in the butt, but mosquitoes can be dangerous, as they carry diseases. Mosquitoes will only lay eggs on water that is still and not moving. Do make sure that you are using an outdoor electrical outlet. And if you must use an extension cord, make sure that it is for outdoor use. And that the outlet has a ground fault circuit interrupter. Potted Water Garden Out Of An Old Tub: You can add floating plants to the water garden, such as waterlilies. They will float on the surface of the water to shield it from egg-laying mosquitoes. You can also stock the fountain with mosquito fish, guppies, kill-fish, or another type of fish that eats mosquitoes. They won’t stop the mosquitoes from laying eggs in the fountain, but they will kill the larvae. Here are things you will need if you are making the water feature yourself in a container: 1. Container (pot without holes, galvanized tub, etc.) 2. Pump or air bubbler 3. Floating plants I’m going the route of galvanized containers and using pumps from Home Depot. (source) If you want an urn fountain that has a basin beneath it, you can buy fountain kits. You can order them from companies like Aquascape and many garden nurseries. The water recirculates from underneath. (source) Click here to find out how to make this water feature. Below is the basic premise for building it. I think you will enjoy creating your water fountain, and then sitting back and watching the show. I will be showing mine in the next day or so. I’m not quite done yet!