Country Woman’s Gardening Guide to growing a miniature garden
- Garden and gift stores often carry miniature garden furniture and accessories in a variety of styles, materials and sizes. Select from itty-bitty fences, trellises, wagons, birdbaths, toadstools, gardening tools and more.
- To help garden accents withstand the sun and rain, spray them with a clear sealant.
- Place largest items first. These will be your focal points, such as a mini cottage, wishing well or arbor.
- Put the tallest plants to the rear and work forward. Start with treelike plants for height, followed by shrubs, cascading plants and creepers for fillers.
- Make paths using tiny, flat stones that lead to a house or secret garden.
- Create a pond, using a shallow pot, a saucer or a teacup.
- Enhance the landscape with bits of driftwood and mossy bark.
- Watering requirements depend on sun and wind exposure. Most mini garden plants need watering every day or two.
- When plants are growing, add a slow-release fertilizer. Use a plant food twice during the season.
- Trim plants as necessary to keep
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