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Air Date: February 23, 1998
Water Tub Gardening pt. 1
Want to plant a garden but hate the hassle of weeds? Consider water tub gardening, says Matthew Goo, a volunteer for UH's Urban Garden Center.
Start with a plastic tub with a plug or solid bottom. No matter what container you use, it should be at least two feet in diameter and one and-a-half feet deep.
There are many advantages to starting a water tub, says Goo. The height of the container deters toads from hopping onto the tub. Second, the container can be easily moved from one part of the garden to another. And third, if you decide water gardening is not for you, the container can be converted into a planter.
Water plants are the most important element of the tub garden. Well-established plants are vital for a healthy tub garden, especially if fish are added later. Plants should be grown in pots not only to make moving the tub easier but also to aid in the dividing of overgrown plants.
More on tub water gardening on tomorrow's University Report, I'm Tracy Orillo Donovan.