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Make a Bubble Fountain

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Garden Water Feature DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Easy to install, this beautiful bubble fountain makes a wonderful feature in a small gravel garden, or it can be used as a focal point in a formal setting. You can buy kits that come complete with a water reservoir and lid, so you then just need a small water pump and a decorative pot to stand on the top.

When to Start: Spring
At Its Best: Spring to autumn
Time to Complete: 6 hours

Materials Needed:

  • spade
  • sand
  • bubble fountain kit and piping
  • small pump with flow adjuster
  • electrical tubing
  • frost-proof pot with drainage hole
  • pebbles and gravel

Prepare the Site

First hire a qualified electrician to install an electricity supply and an outdoor outlet to an easily concealed location close to the fountain. Then dig a hole larger than the reservoir.

Tip for Fountain Electrical SupplyEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Lay a Sandy Foundation

Remove any sharp stones from the hole and pack damp sand around the edges, sides and base. Place the reservoir in the hole, and use a spirit level to check that it is level in all directions.

Lay Base for FountainEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Check Levels

Pack more sand around the reservoir, as necessary, and check that it is level again. It is essential that your fountain is horizontal to prevent water from draining out, and to ensure that the pot on top will be stable.

Prevent Draining Fountains With a LevelEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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