Miniature Gardening: Tips and Techniques

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Choosing a container: Any vessel that will hold soil and also allow excess water to drain away will work. Read More

Choosing a spot in the garden: Miniature gardens need a special spot when established in the ground.
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Potting Mix: The growing media for a miniature garden in a container must provide good drainage. The average potting mix, with peat moss, perlite, vermiculite, that is used for garden planters and windowboxes will work.
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Laying out the garden: This is the fun part. Before planting the garden, place all of the features, furniture and plants to be included in the design in their perspective place on top of the soil.
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Planting: Once the overall design is established, it’s time to plant the plants. Plant the plants with the largest root mass first as they cause the most disruption to the soil level.
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Placing and creating garden features: Hardscapes (patios and paths) are best laid on soil that has been watered (to settle it) and gently pressed down with a fingertip.x
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Tips for Fences:
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Protecting your pieces: Sun, water, and weather are hard on us all, especially little miniature garden pieces.
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Location: The best location for your garden will depend on the plants you choose, and vice versa. Sun plants should be grown with at least a half day of sun, and shade plants should be grown with protection from direct sun after 10 or 11am.
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Watering: Miniature gardens are best watered by hand, using a watering can or a watering wand and hose set at a trickle. Too much water too fast will scatter stones, pavers, and soil and upset the whole garden.
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Overwintering: This is tricky, as each part of the country has its own set of winter weather conditions with which to contend.
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Pinching and pruning: Happy plants like to grow, so a little pinching and pruning is necessary to maintain the integrity of your miniature garden.
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