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Building a Magical Fairy Garden

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Fairy Gardening is one of the hottest trends in gardening. When asked why, fairy gardeners simply respond, "because it's so much fun." It's gardening on a smaller scale which can be more manageable, but it can also provide some interesting creative challenges for the experienced or novice gardener. For kids, a Fairy Garden is an accessible way for younger gardeners to experience the wonder of green and growing activities.



Getting Started

Whether you're building your garden in a pot or creating a scene in an outdoor landscape, your first step is to come up with a focal point to build around. That focal point can be a fairy house or cottage, bridge, pond or other landscape accessory that is available for purchase. Or the focal point could be a found piece of art or even an interesting rock. You may just want to build your fairy garden around a specific fairy and design around that fairy's personality. It could be adventurous, romantic or mischievous.

When incorporating plants into your garden, use your own garden sense to create a garden that you feel is beautiful. You can find "fairy plants" that are really just young versions of houseplants. There are more and more accessories available to fill in your fairy garden including miniature furniture pieces and sets, landscape accessories and miniature animals.

Most fairy gardeners agree there should always be an element of discovery within a fairy garden - something hidden that will be a surprise for anyone who takes a closer look. Fairies are inherently mischievous and magical, so when you build a garden you should have that in mind.

Fairy Gardens can be built in a container or into an outdoor landscape. With some imagination and some fun accessories you can create a magical fairy wonderland. Shown above is a Gypsy Garden theme using a mini-camper as the focal point.


Planting a Fairy Garden in a Container?

The first question you need to answer is, "Does my container have a drainage hole?" If yes, just plant your as normal good draining potting soil. If no, then you'll need to layer your container with a some products manage the moisture. Place a 1/2 inch layer of small gravel in bottom. Next sprinkle some activated charcoal as the next layer. Top off with potting soil. If soil "clumps" when squeezed, add some Perlite, or Vermiculite to lighten it up. Install plants. The number will depend on the size of the plants, and the container. Don't overplant. Leave room to grow. Push the soil aside, place a plant in the depression, and firm the soil around it. Repeat for each plant. Water lightly. (3 or 4 ounces).