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How To Create A Fairy Garden

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 we feature several items for your fairy garden. And more will be coming.

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Hi, My name is Betty Johnson and that is my picture you see. I would like to introduce you to

I am a gardener, I have been gardening neigh on to 70 years. My first attempt at having a garden to care for was when my mother became ill when I was in 8th grade. She knew that our family survived on vegetables from the garden and I was the one chosen to care for it.  That is when I became interested in gardening, and have been doing so ever since. At this time, because of my health, my garden has become considerably smaller. The picture above shows my tomatoes grown over 6 foot cages with the sweet corn next to them.

I was lamenting to a friend one day that I missed having the large garden that provided food for me, for some of my kids and for some of my church family.  This friend suggested that because I loved gardening, maybe I could help other become enthused with the benefits of gardening.  As we talked of this, I decided to do a website that could help people become gardeners.

The website, features many of the tools like I have used for years.  It also features items to make your home, patio and garden more beautiful. I am constantly searching for garden tools, yard supplies, patio enhancements and pretty things for your home.  I will be adding more things all the time, to make your garden, yard and patio easier work and more fun and relaxing.

Mainly my gardening has been done in Minnesota, where our winters are long and summers short. But we spent eight years in Florida, and had some interesting experiences learning to garden there. This year I was privileged to plant my son’s garden in Florida. So while the snow is still blowing around in Minnesota, tahe beans are doing nicely, and the okra is starting to pop. The only thing, I’m not seeing yet are the three kinds of peppers I planted. I also planted a couple of flower beds, but we had a drenching rain just as the flowers were coming up and may have washed a good many of them away. But that too, is a part of gardening.

I would like to answer your questions you have about gardens, yards, and patios.  I don’t know everything, but I will certainly try to find the answers for you. Just shoot me an e-mail to homegardenpatioplace@gmail. com. The blog is also open to respomses. So please let us know how we can help you!Toggle panel: Video


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12 Design Ideas For Your Flower Beds

Small gardens have a lot more potential then you realize. Whether dealing with a long narrow space behind a vintage home, a cramped back yard that lacks privacy, or a shabby garden at the rear of a brownstone there are endless possibilities.   Don’t write off your 40-foot by 20-foot outdoor area just yet — with   the right design it could be an incredible garden. Here are 12 tips on flower beds that you might enjoy.


Include built in seating in a corner to keep your garden from feeling crowded

Remember the importance of negative space, even a tiny courtyard or lawn can provide a balance for a small garden

Step back and look at your yard with fresh eyes, then simplify and tidy

Even if your outdoor space seems overwhelming, pick just one thing that you want to change.

Think big.  Ample walkways and gathering spaces are inviting and large. features are engaging in any size space.