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Radiating Stone Garden Pond Back yard water feature pools were very popular in the 1950s and 60s. I remember a huge problem with drowning pets and other small animals. When designing water features, please remember to plan a means of escape. Avoid tragedy.
Raised beds, collecting rainwater as well. - perhaps tiered beds can have a French drain at the end that catches excess water run off from the rain. It would be a larger area to collect rain water and would only be extra If the other plants were all watered.