A Guide to A Kid-Friendly Magic Garden

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Books and movies are not the only place where your children can find magic. A whimsical fairy garden can provoke their imagination, while teaching them valuable skills. Kids, especially younger ones are highly curious and imaginative. The planted playscape will bring their fantasies to life. You can turn it into cottage like site or an enchanted forest inhabited by peculiar creatures. This is a relatively easy and customizable gardening project. Here is how you can invite the fairies into your home and awaken your inner child with a fanciful mini magic garden.


Types of Garden


Do you want to reveal its sombre and mysterious side or you prefer sticking with a lighter theme? The type of garden depends purely on your preferences and the amount of available space. The size of your gardening project is determined by the container you choose. It can be anything from a small pot to a larger case. The options are limitless. You don't necessarily need to be a gardening expert to pull together this DIY.  It's all about adding variety. Here is the recipe for a marvellous mini garden - a bit of ground, a dose of creativity and whole lot of flowers and decorations. HandyGardeners share their advice with you: consider how you like to represent the fairy world, when thinking about your little garden.


1.      Selecting The Right Garden Container


Pick a container that will suit your place. If you are living in a tiny home, you will find pots and planters the most appropriate options. Don't get the cheap plastic ones. Instead, get a ceramic pot with good drainage. Since you will most probably use moss, you will need to water your mini garden often. Therefore, adequate drainage is a must. Old toy chests, sandpits, bins and hanging baskets can also make great garden beds. Don't forget to make little holes to let the excess of water runoff. For containers, such as wooden chests, use paint as a waterproofing substance. A few coats will do the job. You can let your children take care of it under your supervision. Painting the container is a fun activity and doesn't require a lot precision. Do the painting in a well ventilated area or outdoors.


2.      Designing Your Magic Garden


Involve your kids in the design of your magical garden. Let them choose the features, colours and the little details. Discuss and pick a theme. You can take advantage of the enormous amount of creativity your children posses. Make it even more entertaining by asking your little ones to sketch their designs.


3.      Positioning Your Garden


Proper location is one of the most important aspects of gardening. Your fairy garden doesn't make an exception. Pick a spot that ensures the right conditions for your greenery. Do your plants need full sun or they require a bit of shade and moist? When in doubt, you can always position the container in a semi-sunny place and hope for the best.


4.      Choosing The Proper Greenery


When selecting the plant for you magical garden, you need to be mindful about the scale. You are after a miniature look, where little gnomes and fairies look in place. Moss is commonly used to mimic a grassy ground. It is essential to pick plants that need the same amount of water and sunlight. Decide what will be your focal point. One option is to use plant that looks like a tree. Shrubs, succulents and plants like tea tree and honeysuckle are some of the many options. Use different colours to add texture and create interest.


5.      Planting the Garden


Take your potting soil and fill the container. Then plant the flowers and put the larger objects like a tiny fairy house. Leave the moss and the small details for last.


6.      Accessorize


This is the fun part! The little details make your fairy garden special and personalized. By now you should know what the theme of your gardening project is. Still, you should let you children choose the details. What will bring a unique touch to this project is their imagination. You can either buy or DIY your details. Use what you already have around the house like pebbles, buttons, marbles, bottle caps, seashells and leftovers from other home improvement projects. Out of ideas? You can always find inspiration on Pinterest.






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