Expensive Junk / Birdbath turns Planter

Yes, we all have some. You bite the bullet on something special only to find out that it’s not what it’s all cracked up to be. Or in this case it is, cracked I mean. Several years ago I bought and paid a premium price on a cement bird bath. Very nice piece, classy looking and definitely a great addition to my garden.

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I followed all instructions for care, gave it a couple of coats of the finishing product that was recommended and protected it over the winter. After only 2 seasons however it developed a large crack in the bottom of the bowl and would no longer hold water. I tried glues and fixatives but nothing would last.  In desperation, I turned it into a birdbath planter for almost nothing.

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Sitting in the shed for a couple of seasons seemed like such a waste, so this spring I planted it up with a few sedums and plunked it out in the hot sun.  After seeing many fairy garden pictures I added a little pail and watering can I had hanging around along with a few small rocks.

To brighten it up a bit I used dollar store marbles for a stream and pond. I really like the way the marbles sparkle in the sunshine. Brightens the whole thing up a notch.

Re-purposing a bird bath into a planter with Sensible Gardening

Considering this area is hot like you know what, it does very well where other container plantings have failed. I don’t imagine the little sedums will winter over in such a shallow container, so next spring I’ll transfer a few babies from my garden and replant. Very simple, fast, and cheap.

Re-purpose a bird bath into a planter with Sensible Gardening

So this area won’t look so bare, I planted boxwood around the pedestal of the bird bath and in a few years it should set the whole thing off quite nicely.

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