I've had this idea in my head for weeks now that I have to have a pond in my backyard. No, not a lets-get-a-bulldozer-and-dig-us-a-pond pond, but one of those little, trickling, miniponds you can buy kits for at Home Depot. Dan fixed up the flowerbeds and the yard so nice, I just felt like it would be the cherry on the top of a really nice backyard. Not everyone agreed with that idea ("too much work" he says) and I was let down from my pond high quite quickly. So the gears started turning and I came up with an alternative pond plan (an APP for short).
I work next to an Ollie's Bargain Outlet (who's motto is, coincidentally, Good Stuff Cheap) and I often find myself perusing the aisles. Well, I came across their pottery buyout section that was filled with those giant planting pots people put in their yards. They were 20% off Ollie's discounted price....can't beat it! So I bought three of the same color in graduated sizes. My mom had picked up a minipond pump for me at a garage sale, so I was already well on my way with my APP.
I stuck a leftover wine cork in the drainage hole of the biggest pot and put Liquid Nails around the edge for a seal.
I got a little ahead of myself and forgot to take pictures during the process of stacking the pots on top of one another. But essentially, I turned two terra cotta pots upside down inside the two biggest pots to make bases. The water tube, along with a threaded rod for support, were thread up through the holes.
It wasn't until this whole mess was together that I realized, without sealing all of the drainage holes, all of the water would just keep seeping to the bottom pot. So off to Home Depot Dan went to buy me some Great Stuff....no really...that's its name.
I disassembled the whole thing and squirted this stuff into each drainage hole as I stacked them back up.
The water is a little murky because the rocks were dirty, and it's not like it's a babbling brook or anything. But the water comes from the bottom and pours over the top...so I'm happy :)