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What you need:
  • Container
  • Water gardening soil
  • Marginal aquatics
  • Lava rock or pea gravel
  • Slow release water plant fertilizer
If you don't have room for a large tub garden, a small dish garden stocked with marginal aquatics may be perfect for you. Just about any container can be used. If you decide to use a ceramic container, it will have to be sealed first. Fill the container with a few inches of water gardening soil or generic cat litter.
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Place the largest of the plants you will be using in the center of the container. If the plant is root bound, loosen the roots around the base of the plant first.
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Add some more water gardening soil to the container.
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Next, start adding the smaller perimeter plants.
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Once all the smaller plants are in place, fill around them with water gardening soil.
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Add some slow-release water plant fertilizer to the container. Apply according to the directions on the fertilizer label.
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Top dress the container with 1/2" of lava rock or washed pea gravel. Fill the container with soil and the dish garden is done.