We’ve been spending a lot of time in the evening and on weekends creating mini garden accessories for our shoppe. This is fun and relaxing for us, and we would much rather be crafting than all the other things we should be doing.
My mini mushrooms are made of clay, and they start out looking like this. They have to dry for 24 hours.
The next evening, we paint. Red is the most popular, but I love turquoise and I feature turquoise in many of my fairy gardens.
They aren’t spotted… that’s just my kitchen lights 🙂 This coat of paint dries for 24 hours and then comes the next step.
Polka-dots! These little guys are so much fun to make. We sell them in packages of three. Super cute!
I keep saying “we” and I should give some credit to my trusty assistant, who thinks I keep some strange hours.
… And How To Avoid Them
Right Plant – Right Place
This is key. Remember “Right Plant – Right Place” if nothing else! Plants are free spirits. They like different soils and temperatures and varied amounts of light and water. So first you have to consider where you are going to plant or place your mini garden when choosing your plants. Then you need to make sure that the plants you choose will play nicely together. Similar requirements for light and water are essential, especially in a container.
You Can’t Fool Mother Nature
Your local garden center is going to display sweet baby plants and herbs in adorable tiny pots and call them “Fairy Garden Plants.” You can use them, but keep this in mind:
- They are usually not true “dwarf” plants and will grow like crazy, taking over your miniature garden. You can keep them cut back or repot later.
- Many need full sun. Watch for this if you are planting an indoor container garden.
- Slower growing dwarf and true miniature plants work best.
If your garden will be outside, choose dwarf and miniature plants based on the amount of light your garden or porch gets and appropriate for your planting zone. For indoors, plants that require shade or low light are best. These are some of my favorites for indoor mini gardens:
Variegated English Boxwood
Dwarf Mondo Grass
Variegated Fairy Vine
The Dirt on Dirt
Dirt is a four-letter word at Just Gardens Supplies. Dirt is dead. Organic Potting Soil or Planting Mix is what you want for your Miniature Garden containers. It has everything your plants need. When choosing soil, notice that there are different mixes for indoor and outdoor containers. Many mixes will have a mild, time released fertilizer added so be aware of this. You do not want to over fertilize your plants or encourage rampant growth in your tiny garden. A moisture retaining polymer may be added as well. This can be beneficial for an outdoor container.
Tips on Watering
- All. Pots. Need. Drainage.
- Before you water, check the soil with your finger at least an inch deep. If it feels wet, wait a day or two. If it is barely damp, you can water.
- If you travel often or tend to forget your plants occasionally… consider succulents.
Have No Fear
Plants die sometimes. They just do. But it’s no reason to give up on mini gardening, and it’s certainly no reason to be afraid to try! Get another plant to replace it and try again. I can’t keep Irish Moss healthy all Summer to save my life. But I know when I see it for sale this Spring I’ll get some more and give it my best. I just love it!
Adapted from an article by Janit Calvo, best-selling author of Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World.
The entrance to our new building.
Our New Shoppe
We told you way last summer that we were going to be moving. SO MUCH has happened between then and now! It’s just the two of us running this business, so when things get crazy, we really have to scramble. But, the remodeling and moving is done, and we’re pretty well settled in. We have some projects to do outside when Spring arrives, such as a beautiful outdoor patio area and something to make our entrance warm and inviting. We’re looking forward to those improvements.
Amidst all of the chaos, Len and I each welcomed a new grandbaby. For Len an absolutely beautiful little girl, and for me an upside down, unexpectedly early little boy, who is also positively perfect.
The Heart of It
What you see above is part of our new, expanded mini garden department. So exciting! It’s so much fun because it will always be an ever-changing work in progress. We plan to add a year-round Christmas section, many more locally handcrafted items, and as always, we do our best to find quality Fairy Garden accessories you won’t see in the chain stores.
Our beautiful new retail space naturally features our primary product lines, professional quality outdoor lighting and water feature components, as well as home and garden decor. Like these guys. They’re my favorite. Don’t they just make you smile?
Leaps of Faith
And last, but certainly not least, is some really big news. We’re nearly ready to open our online store! This has been a huge undertaking… I had NO IDEA! It’s not there yet, but we’re well on our way. You’ll be the first to know when we launch!
And, you can now follow us on Instagram!
This is what I think of when I think happy thoughts. Sun, sand, toes in the water, and a fruity frozen beverage sporting a fairy-size umbrella. Ahhhh!
You haven’t heard from us much lately. Our apologies. What a Spring it has been! We are so grateful to be busy… but one day our landlord walked in and announced he was selling our building. Soon. So on top of our busiest season we have been hunting a new location, hiring contractors, designing a new space… oh so many little details. Len is shouldering most of this and he’s been a champ.
If that weren’t enough, there is a sweet little angel named Oliver who thinks he might prefer to make his entrance into the world right side up, making his ETA impossible to predict. Maybe July… maybe August. We’ll just have to pick a moving date and keep our fingers crossed!
Even though it’s been a bit stressful, we are thrilled about our new location and our new retail space! We can’t wait for our customers to see it. For that matter, WE can’t wait to see it. We’re not there yet! The plan is to expand our line of Miniature Garden accessories, as well as Garden Art and Home and Patio Decor. Beautiful, quality items we’ve never carried before. It’s very exciting!
Stay tuned! Updates to follow!
New in the Shoppe for Spring! Micro-Minis!