Fairy Gardens, an adventure into happiness

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  1. ClissAT

    ClissAT Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

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    I know fairy gardens are not 'productive' or part of self sufficiency food production in the purest sense of the word.
    But as far as a simple way of producing happy vibes, it does fit the general context.
    It's creative, interesting, thought provoking, calls on many skills & patience.
    I try to make each garden as cheaply as possible & will wander through an elcheapo shop or Bunnings looking at everything hanging up to see if I can make it fit a new purpose in my little garden.
    I am a sucker for those solar light sets so there are plenty of them.
    I have also designed & begun building little castles & fairy houses & communities using plastic plumbing pipes & fittings, along with left over house paint. They will be fitted with solar powered lights shining out of the tiny coloured windows.
    The first couple of gardens I made, the white garden & the purple garden have grown very well & the plants now require regular pruning so there are lots of cutting for new plants to make into new gardens.
    This latest garden that I finished yesterday, called The Rockery, has been created with mostly left over plants & furniture from previous gardens.
    The pot that I broke to create the steps up to the hill, I got from Bunnings for 10c because it was already cracked. I often pick up damaged plants there for a few cents too.
    I also got a broken bag of tiny gravel for 50c reduced from I think $7!
    The larger rocks came from my driveway! :)
    I use my standard wicking bed design for the growing medium that I developed for all my container gardening. It works very well, almost too well at times.
    I used an old 2gal/9lt bucket to create the hill. It has little plant cuttings around the upper edge that will spill down over the sides as they grow to cover the plastic bucket.
    There are old bricks in & under the bucket & the steps part of the rockery to limit the amount of potting mix needed to fill the space & also help hold everything in place.

    Fairy Gardens collage 1.jpg White Fairy Garden day & night collage1.jpg Fairy Gardens night collage1.jpg Fairy Purple Garden collage.jpg New Fairy Garden 'The rockery'.jpg Fairy Gardens grow so fast.jpg
     
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    Very nice and fun. Little girls would love to wander around your garden looking for the fairies. :)

    I have a couple of old garden beds from previous owners near our back patio that had nothing in them, way too hot a spot. Leaves, weeds etc would just accumulate there and make it look a mess.

    So I put down some fake grass in them, put 3 pots with some tomatoes and herbs so close to our back door. And them got some fun $2 garden spikes with birds, flowers, bees etc and stuck then through the fake grass, makes it a fun spot. The grandkids asked what the toys were :) they love it.

    Best of all I can just blow off the leaves with the blower :) so much neater and easier to clean.
     
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  3. ClissAT

    ClissAT Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

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    That's the sort of lateral thinking I like, letsgo.
    Now that space is used. That's what its all about.
    And easy to change when you get sick of the current design.
     
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    Cool :)
     
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