Materials Needed:

1) river rocks, 2) industrial wire cloth [1 cm wire-like mesh], 3) plastic flower pot or container large enough to hold equipment [must fit inside the rim of strawberry pot], 4) clay strawberry jar, 5) plastic tubing, 6) small submersible pump [type used in aquariums], 7) brick [must fit inside smaller plastic pot], 8) potting soil.

Fill the strawberry jar half full of potting soil. If a flower pot is used for the inner container to hold water, plug the holes in the bottom. Cut a nick out of the top edge of plastic container to fit in the pump chord. Place the plastic container inside the strawberry jar; make sure it fits snugly inside the rim of strawberry jar. A brick may be placed in the bottom of the plastic container to raise the pump near the top of container. Add the plastic tubing to the top of the pump.

Bring the chord of the pump over the edge of the plastic container where nicked, down through and out of one of the holes in the strawberry jar. Fill in additional potting soil through openings in the side of strawberry jar.

Make a saucer-like form from the wire industrial cloth; place this inside the top edge of plastic container. Fold over the edges so that it will sit over plastic container. Fill the wire saucer-like mesh with river rock to disguise the pump and tubing. Fill the plastic container with water and plug in the pump to test the mechanism.

Plant sides of strawberry jar with herbs, cascading plants, small succulents, etc.

Pat Robinson, former Smith County Master Gardener
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

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