Use a Frisbee!! To keep chipmunks from climbing up your shepherd's hook to get to the goodies, just drill a hole in the center of a Frisbee (97 cents at Walmart). Wrap some duct tape where you want it to sit so it doesn't slide down to the ground.
INSTRUCTIONS: You can see from the picture what kind of pots I used. The large basin on the bottom is plastic. You can also use a very large terra cotta saucer, but it doesn't hold much water and you have to keep refilling. I know because I tried it.
You can use any size pots you want. I like the strawberry pot because the water comes out of the holes.
The pump sits on the bottom of the big basin. You put a large size pot upside down in the big bowl to
cover the pump as you see it in the picture, then stack other pots as you like. Then you just run clear hose (Lowes) from the pump (also Lowes) up to the top saucer. You have to do a little cutting and drilling on the first pot that the pump is under. Cut out a little space on the edge of that pot so the electrical cord can run through and so that the pot can sit flat and also drill a few holes in the upper rim of that pot so water can flow inside to the pump. Since the pots already have holes in the bottom, you will only have to drill through the center of the saucers to run the hose up.
You have to use a masonry bit. They are a little expensive, but well worth it. You should get a bit large enough to drill a hole the same size as the holes in the pots. Then get a hose wide enough, but one that will easily slide through to the top. I got everything I needed at Lowes.
Put colored stones or rounded river stones (Lowes again) in the top and middle saucers for decoration. The stones will control how your water comes out of the top. Good luck. Have fun.
Commented on Jul 01, 2012
Deanna.....the instructions are right there next to the picture.
I collected rocks from the woods and bought the footbridge on line. I found the neat stork at Lowes. Yes, Lowes is my favorite store. I had the stone delivered and I just layed out how I
wanted it with the large rocks and then just filled it in with the stone and mulched the rest. It was pretty easy actually. I got the daylillies from a friend and the grasses I bought at a market. My little cat I had for 17 years is buried under the St. Francis statue on the left side of the bridge so this spot has special meaning to me.
Commented on Jun 30, 2012
Thanks Connie. I don't recall a particular name. Just multi colored small river rock.
This is a 2 story shed I built with the help of a friend a few years ago. It actually has a second floor loft that is accessible via a permanent ladder inside. It has double garage doors
in the back with ramps so I can get my tractor in and out easily. There are cedar shakes near the roof on the sides with a cute little window with shutters that swing out cottage style. I used old windows and an old door I had lying around and then built the shutters and window boxes. There is a matching window on the side and the windowbox flowers overflow by mid summer and cover half the windows. I love my little fairy tale shed and enjoy decorating it for summer. Deer, groundhogs and other wildlife enjoy hanging out there. Thanks for letting me share my love of gardening.
Commented on Jun 28, 2012
Now girls don't be dissin' on Juanita...some people just don't like sunshine flowers and
what is your adorable cottage sitting on....what type of foundation? Also do you have utilities for lights and water? Did you start from a "kit" or have a building on site? Great ideas and thanks!!!
Commented on Jun 25, 2012
Hi Becky. No, there are no utilities to the shed. I had planned to put in electricity, but
then found I really didn't need to since I only use it during the daytime. It would not be that big a project if I ever decided to run a line. It wasn't a kit, but just an idea that formed as we went along. It sits on concrete footers. It does not have a full blown foundation. I hope I answered all your questions. I'm glad you like it.