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Bringing your garden indoors…..in miniature

mini garden header 2 againEvery time I see a miniature garden I am impressed.  I think they are so cute!  For some reason they remind me of the Beatrix Potter books that I loved as a child, and I think that’s what draws me to them.

Because of my affection for them, I decided to try my luck at making my own.  There are so many things you can do with your garden; sizes, shapes, accessories, etc.  They can be designed for indoors or outdoors.  For this time of year mine will definitely be an inside one.

Container

What to choose to plant your garden in is limited only by your imagination!  I wanted to make use of something that I already had in my home so I chose a large wooden bowl that I’ve had for many years.

Soil

The next decision was what potting soil to use.  It’s best not to use one with added fertilizer to keep your plants from growing too quickly, but when I went to purchase my soil the only type available in small bags had the added fertilizer.  I chose an organic Miracle Grow mixture and though it does have fertilizer in it, it’s only enough to last 2 months rather than 6 months in the regular mix.

Plants

The next decision I made was the plants.  This decision should be made based on the size of your container and how much light the plants will get daily.  I knew that I wanted one tree, a fern and some other mounding type plant.  I purchased a very small Norfolk Island Pine, a small fern, baby tears and to add some color a ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­small red leafed plant.  Some other suggestions are:  succulents, terrarium plants, small leafed begonias, ivies and small African Violets.

Decorations

There are so many cute things available to decorate with it’s hard to choose!  I ordered items from Amazon and purchased a couple things from Hobby Lobby.  Because it’s the Christmas season I chose to do a holiday scene with a Christmas tree, fairy and sleigh.

supplies

Time to create!

Now with everything gathered it’s time to start!

The first step was to place some heavy plastic in the bottom of the bowl to hold the dirt and moisture in and protect the wood.

I always pour my potting soil in a bucket, add water and mix it up well to get the right consistency for planting.  When satisfied that the soil was right, I poured it into the bowl and leveled it out.

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I ordered a little fairy door that I just loved from Amazon, so to be able to use it in my design I had to add some elevation.  I decided to incorporate a broken clay pot turned on its side to appear like some little someone’s house! I placed the broken pot in the bowl on top of the potting soil, pressing it into the soil a little.  I then filled the pot with potting soil placing the door at the entrance.  I purchased moss for the scene and placed some of this in the dirt surrounding the door.  I also used some Elmers glue and glued patches of moss on the top of the pot to give it a lived in forest floor look.

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Next, the planting!  I moved my plants around while they were still in their pots until I decided on the location for each of them.  Treat your little plants with gentleness when removing them from their pots, then use your fingers to loosen up their root, getting rid of the excess dirt.  Dig a small hole with your fingers and place your baby plant in it, with the top of the root ball being at ground level.  Lightly, not too hard, press the soil in and around your plant.  The ground level should be ½ inch below the rim of the pot to have room for watering.

I left the area in front of my little “house” open.  I wanted to simulate a forest floor, so I placed some of the moss down and then placed small river rock over the moss, pressing it down into the moss to give the look of the forest floor growing through.

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There are so many choices available for creating a patio area in your miniature garden.  You can use small stones like I chose to do here, purchase miniature garden stepping stones, or purchase a miniature garden patio mix kit for creating a permanent patio.  Once again, only limited by your imagination!

Lastly, I placed my little fairy decorating her Christmas tree in the garden, along with a sleigh and two feisty little bunnies!  Finally, placing the garden on my dining table as an eye catching centerpiece.

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My first “miniature fairy garden” experience was fun and I think it turned out fairly well.  Looking at all of the little accessories makes me want to create more gardens.  I have plans for a larger outdoor one when spring arrives and I’m already looking forward to changes I can make to this one as the seasons change!

“There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments”  ∼ Janet Kilburn Phillips

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