Family Gardening: Create a Miniature Garden

Using small plants to make a miniature garden fires the imagination and reduces the garden to a child’s scale. Plastic farm or jungle animals, fairies, or dinosaurs bring the scene to life. 

Miniature Landscape Fun Activity for Children

Miniature Landscape Fun Activity for Children

Use small plants and plastic animals to make a miniature landscapes is a fun activity for children and their vivid imaginations. Here, a jungle scene is created using small exotic looking plants and plastic jungle animals.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 1: Add Gravel to Garden Tray

Add Gravel to Garden Tray to Aid in Drainage

Add Gravel to Garden Tray to Aid in Drainage

Choose a large shallow tray for miniature garden, and add drainage holes if there are none. Add coarse sand or gravel to the bottom of the tray for even more drainage help.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Choose a large, shallow tray, such as a seed tray. If there are no holes in the base, you will need to make some using a drill or sturdy pair of scissors. To aid drainage further, add course sand or gravel. 

Step 2: Spread Compost Layer Over Gravel

Spread Compost Layer Over Gravel in Tray

Spread Compost Layer Over Gravel in Tray

Add compost over the gravel and spread out evenly over miniature garden tray.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fill the container with compost to about 1¼ in (3 cm) below the rim, carefully keeping the gravel evenly spread. Once it is full, position the major features, such as large pebbles and rocks or homemade fences and buildings. 

Step 3: Arrange Landscape

Arrange Landscape for Miniature Garden

Arrange Landscape for Miniature Garden

Arrange small plants in the miniature garden while still in their containers to decide the proper placement for each one. Also decide the placement of any other props, such as plastic animals, rocks, and pebbles. Water plants well.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Arrange your plants while still in containers, also deciding where best to position your animals. Think about other props you might want to use, such as rocks and pebbles. Give all the plants a good soak before planting. 

Step 4: Plant Your Miniature Garden

Planting Miniature Garden

Planting Miniature Garden

Plant the miniature garden once the final design is complete. Add in all the props and water well as the season goes forward.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Plant up your miniature garden. A good plant for linking your chosen small plants is the tiny-leaved Soleirolia soleirolii (mind-your-own-business), which makes an excellent “lawn.” 

Step 5: Tip for Success

Use Gravel Over Compost to Conserve Moisture

Use Gravel Over Compost to Conserve Moisture

Spread gravel over the compost in a miniature garden to conserve moisture in the summer. It can also be spread out to resemble a pathway through the little garden.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Gravel spread over the compost will help to conserve moisture in the summer. You might also choose to use it as a path meandering through your chosen landscape.