Grow a Fairy Garden Ring

A circle of lush, ornamental grasses and fragrant flowers create a magical place for kids to play. Who knows, you might even spot a fairy!
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©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Grow a Fairy Ring

Kids of all ages will love this whimsical hideaway. You will need: a shovel, stick or plant stake; string; potting soil; ornamental grasses and a selection of perennial flowers; watering can; empty jars and glasses; glass paint; varnish; tea light candles or solar nightlights.

Step 1: Make Fairy Ring Lanterns

Before planting, decorate the outside of your recycled jars with glass paint. Let dry completely, then place a tea light candle (or a solar tea light candle) in each jar. You can hang the lanterns from tree branches or place them around the area where you will make your fairy circle.

Step 2: Make a Circle

Make a circular area for planting by using a stick and a piece of string to mark the edge of the circle.

Step 3: Dig Out the Trench

Using a shovel, dig out a deep trench around the edge of the circle and sprinkle potting soil in base.

Step 4: Start Planting

Remove plants from pots and place in dug trench. Fill soil around roots, and press soil down to keep plants upright.

Step 5: Water the Plants

Water the newly-planted plants and add decorative mulch to complete the fairy ring bed.

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