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Fairy gardens tickle the imagination.  There's something about these under sized - but perfectly proportioned - gardens and their diminutive denizens that makes us feel a bit like Peter Pan.  Suddenly, we do believe in fairies.

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Fairy gardens are ideal for small space situations, first-time gardeners, and busy people.  Though fairy gardens still need watering and tending, their size makes them faster to create and easier to maintain.

Almost any container can house these little creations.  Small clay pots, glazed saucers, birdbaths, and window boxes.  Its without drain holes work well also, but avoid over watering and cover or protect them in heavy rains.

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Fill the chosen garden container with potting soil mix.  Avoid garden soil because it doesn't drain well.  Choose miniature plants such as mosses, babies tears, sedums, thymes and ivies.  Prune the plants to maintain their small stature.  The most interesting Fairy Gardens create a miniature scene that is completely in scale.  Use small doll furniture and objects.

Place a completed garden where plants receive enough sunlight.  All the soil to dry out before watering.  Over watering will kill plants faster than under watering.  When actively growing, fertilize plants every other week according to package directions.

Finally, relax and have fun.  Fairies have a sense of humor.  Don't be surprised if things seem to change the longer fairies inhabit your garden.

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Ideas:  Live near the sea?  Find a seashell container and cover the potting soil with blue stone to look like water.

Not all magical beings are fairies.  Use a mermaid and place amoung succulents to create a fish tank effect.  Add a venus fly trap for fun.

A rustic woodland setting with mini step stones, garden fence and birdhouse is adorable and creative.

How about using a birdbath and create a world of fantasy by mounding the soil in the center.

Strive for unusual textures from plants such as rippled and variegated peperomias, friendship plants (pilea involucrate), pebbles and river rocks.  It makes a charming village.


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