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Large, sealed clay pots, 1 metre across by 500 mm deep, holding about 150 litres of water each, were used to grow edible aquatic plants and provide wildlife habitat.

Posted by Hardie Grant from London, United Kingdom • Published See Hardie Grant's 83 projects » © 2021 Josh Byrne / Hardie Grant Books · Reproduced with permission.
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  • How to make a garden / terrarium.  Setting Up An Edible Water Garden - Step 1
    Step 1

    The underside of the drainage hole is covered with tape to contain the wet silicone until it is set.

  • How to make a garden / terrarium.  Setting Up An Edible Water Garden - Step 2
    Step 2

    The drainage hole is plugged with silicone.

  • How to make a garden / terrarium.  Setting Up An Edible Water Garden - Step 3
    Step 3

    It should look like this.

  • How to make a garden / terrarium.  Setting Up An Edible Water Garden - Step 4
    Step 4

    The porous sides of the pot are sealed with a non-toxic sealing agent.

  • How to make a garden / terrarium.  Setting Up An Edible Water Garden - Step 5
    Step 5

    A spirit level ensures that the pot is sitting level in its final position.

  • How to make a garden / terrarium.  Setting Up An Edible Water Garden - Step 6
    Step 6

    Inspecting plants for damage, disease or pests prior to planting up.

  • How to make a garden / terrarium.  Setting Up An Edible Water Garden - Step 7
    Step 7

    Installing a planting shelf made from aviary mesh and
    fencing wire.

    One of the main feature plants, a papyrus, is kept in its pot to prevent it from taking over.

  • How to make a garden / terrarium.  Setting Up An Edible Water Garden - Step 8
    Step 8

    A layer of gravel is placed at the bottom of the wire
    basket and the main pot, followed by 80–100 mm of clean sand. The planting ledge is filled
    with soil.

  • Step 9

    The bound roots of the kang kong are teased out and loosened prior to planting.

  • Step 10

    Lebanese cress is planted in the wire shelf.

  • Step 11

    Green taro, as well as papyrus, are kept in their pots as they grow into and vigorous plants.

  • Step 12

    The pot is filled with rainwater.

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