Making a Miniature Garden

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GardeningAre 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
  • pebbles
  • 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.