Making a Miniature Garden
April 7, 2014
Are you pushed for yard space at your house? How about letting the kids make their own miniature garden. They are perfect for a balcony or a courtyard out the back. Follow these simple steps and the kids will have their own garden to look after in no time!
What you need:
- a shallow plastic or metal tray with holes in the bottom
- potting mix
- small stones
- jar lid
- aluminum foil
- selection of small plants
- Almost fill the tray with potting mix (or make your own mixture of compost, sand and peat moss.)
- A jar lid covered in aluminum foil makes a good pond. Make a hole in the potting mix and press the lid down so the sides cannot be seen.
- Put some little flat stones around the edge. Let them poke over the sides into the “pond” a bit.
- Mound the potting mix up in a couple of places, make little raised beds surrounded by stones, group some bigger stones to look like boulders, make a winding little path with flat pebbles, sand or fine mulch. You can also use pieces of gutter-guard to make screens and trellises, stray sticks will help to keep it upright.
- Plants with tiny leaves will look best, including Baby’s Tears, Pratia, Kennilworth Ivy, thyme, moss and tiny tree or shrub seedlings will all look great. Succulents are terrific, too.
- The garden will dry out quickly, so you must water it every day. A spray bottle filled with water will help you keep the garden moist.
- Keep your garden in a brightly-lit place where the water can drain through easily.