"Will def. going to get creative and give it a try!" contained pond-I made this one time and used a bright red huge potting plant, ordered all kids of cool "plants" from California, then added a few fish which help in taming the plant roots and any grime growing inside.
baking soda neutralizes the ph in the soil and nothing will grow there - use baking soda around all of the edges of flower beds to keep the grass and weeds from growing into beds. Just sprinkle it onto the soil so that it covers it lightly - do this twice a year - spring and autumn
Did you know that cornmeal is birth control for seeds? Sprinkle it on your garden and it will keep weed seeds from germinating and growing into plants. Of course, cornmeal will keep any seed from germinating, so don’t try this on your vegetable garden until your plants are established and you’ve ﬁnished planting seeds.