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.
Step 1: Add Gravel to Garden Tray
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
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 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
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
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.