A fairy garden is a decorative miniature garden usually grown in a container or other small space. They are magical gardens filled with small plants and accessories.
They can be created as static garden to imagine into, or a mini garden to play with and enjoy. Either way, a fairy garden offers an enchanted play space or “small world” that children (and adults) can use to develop their imagination and creativity.
There are lessons to be learned in a garden and a fairy garden also has a learning curve
Fairy gardens also make a fun sensory play area for kids. Manipulating and playing with the soil, plants, accessories, and figurines provides much needed sensory stimulation to the developing child,
To start a fairy garden, you need to find a container. I’ve seen them made with a dog dish, a half Whiskey Barrel, a pig feeding dish, an old cake pan, a dish pan, use your imagination..
Then you need potting soil, (do not use dirt it has no nutrients), peat moss addition works well, small plants such as small bonsai trees, Corsican mint. Scotch moss, or fake grass and trees, a small garden trowel, fairies, gnomes, wizards, fairy houses, fences, animals, small stones, You need to make sure the plants you plant will stay small. Ask your garden store for miniature plants.
The type of miniature garden you create will depend on where you want to plant it. You can grow one inside or outside, the options are endless! Start with a few plants and items that will work in the space that you have available. Choose Features and elements that make your heart sing.
Add soil to the container of your choice. Fill your container with potting soil and begin to envision the scene or scenes you will create. Arrange your plants and accessories on top of the soil to see how it looks before planting. This is your chance to play with the layout and how you will arrange your mini garden.
.You want to create at least one scene in your fairy garden. If you have a large space you can create several scenes. Think of them like rooms in your outdoor dollhouse.You can also create hills, paths, streams, rivers, ponds, caves, etc. These can work to divide the scenes and create interest.
Add water to prepare the soil to plant. Dig small holes to place your plants in Carefully place plants and cover the roots with soil. Mold and create the scene by building streams, ponds, walkways or paths in the soil as you plant. Arranging the plants on the soil before you plant is a key step in this process. Water plants again when you are finished planting.
Fill in the areas that you molded to be rivers, ponds, walkways, and paths. Be sure to leave room for the fairies to dance. At Homegardenpatio.com we feature several items for your fairy garden. And more will be coming.