|Friday Five: More Than Just a Birdbath|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Friday, 12 August 2011|
Most gardeners like seeing wildlife in their yard and probably have a strategically placed birdbath or two. In most cases the birdbath is used for its intended purpose, but sometimes parts of it break or you get tired of maintaining it. The good news is that birdbaths can be refashioned for other purposes such as miniature aquatic gardens like the one pictured above, planters, or as garden art. Here are a couple of other ideas for repurposing birdbaths.
1. Grow Watercress
Love watercress sandwiches in the summer but donít have a conveniently located (and unpolluted) stream on your property? Try growing watercress in a birdbath. Make sure itís in the shade, and the water is fresh and topped off. Start with plants or seeds.
2. Miniature Aquatic Garden
If youíve been tempted to try a container water garden but havenít worked up your nerve, then try it out in the birdbath first. Measure the water depth in the bowl and then pick plants that grow at that water level like the sedges pictured above.
Turn your birdbath into a solar powered bubbler or fountain. Many birdbaths have hollow supports so all thatís needed is to drill holes in the top and bottom for tubing.
To make a planter, drill a hole in the bottom of the ďbowlĒ for drainage, and then add potting soil. Choose a groundcover like Irish moss that will carpet the bowl or a plant that drapes over the sides.
5. Garden Art
If you have a beautifully designed birdbath of copper or cast iron but are tired of maintaining it, it might make a great piece of garden art with a few additions such as bird statuary or even something more modern like a cubist sculpture.
Anyone else have any creative uses for birdbaths that they would like to share? The strangest idea I saw was making a plastic birdbath pedestal into a toilet bowl brush holder.