Holiday Roundup on the Mini Garden Guru Blog

New Miniature Garden Merchandise!

Miniature Horse Head Wreaths

Horse head wreaths are the perfect compliment to a miniature Christmas tree. The main part of the head is from a Hinoki Cypress, the mane is from a dwarf Spruce. Click to enlarge. 

Holiday Roundup on the Mini Garden Guru Blog

Holy blogging Batman! Blogging for over 5 years, or over 300 blogs on one subject, really starts to add up. I need toJanit's Mini Garden Etsy Store be careful of duplicating my efforts because I often forget what I’ve done. Or, I need therapy for being a one-topic wonder for so long. Lol!

Here is a round-up of our holiday blogs about shopping, decorating, crafting, giving and sharing your miniature garden hobby with those that you love now, and throughout the year. I think you are like me and always want to make another miniature garden or explore another topic, technique or theme. When you use your hobby as a way to give very personalized gifts, you can start to open up more opportunities for exploring and creating – but, I’m repeating myself, aren’t I? Onward:

Miniature Horse Head Wreaths

Horse head wreath is less than 2″ tall. This one is made from Hinoki, Spruce and Juniper leaves, from our collection of miniature and dwarf conifers.

On Shopping:

Give your family and friends your time and attention by creating together! Make a bonding experience that will be remembered. There are several different kits now available from our main online store.

Top 5 Miniature Garden Kits to Make

9 Fantastic Gift Ideas for Your Miniature Gardener

How to Save Money, Have Fun and Give Great Gifts this Holiday

A Miniature Garden for Every Budget

Vote With Your Wallet This Holiday Season

Miniature Garden Gift Ideas

Decorating & Crafting:

Create a centerpiece or mantel display for your Holiday party or family dinner. Here’s a blog on how to bring your outdoor miniature garden inside for the day, here.

DIY Christmas Decor for the Miniature Garden

Have a Very Fairy Christmas Without the Frou Frou

Decorating Your Miniature Garden for the Holidays

Get Crafty for the Holidays

Living Miniature Wreaths

Living miniature wreaths from “real” dwarf and miniature conifers can easily last through the Season. It takes awhile for the leaves to turn – just like your full-sized wreath.

 Giving:

Miniature gardens are fun to give and fun to get. Don’t know what to give? Here’s our gift certificates on the front page of our online store here.

“The All Time Most Thoughtful and Incredibly Creative Gift of All Time”

How to Save Money and Have Fun this Holiday

Make Quick and Affordable Gifts

Miniature Garden Wreath

A living miniature wreath made from Hinoki, Spruce, Threadbranch Cypress, Sequoia leaves and moss. Harvested from our miniature and dwarf collection of conifers.

Sharing:

A few different blogs on sharing and spreading the joy of miniature gardening:

Sharing Your Miniature Garden Hobby

Miniature Garden News from Around the World

Miniature Gardening Cross the Pond and Comes Back Again

How to Change the World One Garden at a Time

Miniature wreath made with "real" juniper leaves.

Miniaturizing the full-size method of making living garland is way too fun. The styles and themes are plentiful, the task is quick and fun.

 

On Searching this Blog:

We are working on ways to reorganize this blog so YOU can find what you need to as well. In the meantime, try a couple of different keywords in the search bar at the right and type in different combinations of your topic or question. A word, or two words, usually work the best – I see there have been searches for full sentences and unless I’ve written that exact sentence, nothing will come up for you.

Well it has certainly been a whirlwind this year with the Gardening in Miniature book tour – and then recovering from the book tour! This next year promises to be more thrilling than last though, as all the ideas are still stockpiling here in my notebooks, my head and the studio shelves, begging for release. If you liked this blog, then you’ll love our Mini Garden Gazette newsletter released monthly. Join us here.

Find the plants, accessories and patio materials that we used in these photos here, in America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center store here.

A dog named Kitty photo bombing a product shoot.

Our dog, Kitty, is our favorite photo bomber. Lol! Click the picture to see her new line of merchandise!

 

Give the gift that can last a lifetime: the joy of miniature gardening!

 

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9 Fantastic Gift Ideas for Your Miniature Gardener

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Fantastic Miniature Garden Gifts

9 Fantastic Gift Ideas for Your Miniature Gardener

Find the right gift for the miniature or fairy gardener at America’s favorite Miniature Garden Center! Last week we rolled out a few different kits that you can give with or without the plants. Today we’ve collected a few great ideas that can be put under the tree to wait for the big day. You won’t find any of these items anywhere else so you are guaranteed to surprise and delight that special person on your list.

 Miniature Garden Accessory Set

Miniature Garden Accessory Set

The cherry red color looks great against the greens in the garden.

The cherry red chair is painted right here in our studios. The cute fruit/veggie crate is made of resin but looks like wood. The tiny pail and tools painted metal and are nicely detailed and sturdy too. Large size or 1” scale. $15.99

T-Shirt

Miniature Garden T-Shirts

Wear your love with pride! We have a few different T-shirts up in our Zazzle store, some for men or women but you can change the style, size and color when you order! Let us know if you have an idea or want to see your favorite Two Green Thumbs image on one and we’ll make it for you! $21.95 – $29.95

Miniature Garden Calendar

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Our first – wait – the WORLD’S first miniature garden calendar! We took one garden and decorated it for a year and now you can too. Click in and you can see the photo for each month before you buy one. $23.10

Blank Greeting Cards

Blank note cards with your favorite miniature garden photos!

We have a series of blank and funny greeting and note cards. If your special someone enjoys sending cards and letters, these will put a smile on her face! Checkout the miniature garden stamps you can get – way fun. Got a favorite photo from Two Green Thumbs? Let us know and we’ll make it for you!  $3.15 (Price changes with quantity.)

Mugs

Miniature Garden Mug

“Just checking for fairies”

 

We have a the first few mug designs up in the store for your morning cuppa. Do let us know if you want to see a special design or any customization and we can get it up in the store for you. $16.95

A Little Somethin’

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Our Etsy store is filled with unusual and unique miniature and fairy garden items and sets. Get a little something for their windowsill or their desk at work. $3.99 – $84.99

Bumpersticker

Miniature Garden Bumper Sticker

Miniature Garden Bumper Sticker

Spread a little fun while you wait in traffic.

 

Because, hey, I know you would rather be miniature gardening!

The Best Book on the Hobby

Best selling Gardening in Miniature book

Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World is the bestselling and the best book on the hobby. Browse the beautiful photographs and years of experience that you can put to use right away plus an endless supply of inspiration.

Gift Certificates

Leave the choosing up them! Gift certificates are easy, print it out or email it. Find the button on the front page of our main online store here.

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Top 5 Miniature Garden Kits Make Gift-Giving Easy!

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Oh the weather outside is… um, who cares? We can still have some garden crafty fun with these wonderful indoor garden kits this season! Here’s what we have for YOU!

Don’t you just love the thrill of a new kit? The expectation of spending time doing Unique and unusual miniature garden accessories, kits, plants and more.something that you’ve really wanted to do. Savoring the fun of unpacking all the parts and pieces one by one, appreciating the moment and taking your sweet time. Discovering all the details, flipping through the instructions, enjoying all the photos before skimming the step-by-step instructions. Carefully planning a block of time to make and create or, calling up your Mom or friend to tell them, “Come over! It’s here!”

Or, it could be just me. But, I really don’t think so.

Kits can also be a way of creating a lasting memory, getting the whole family involved – or by simply making one with your Grandma over the holidays. You can get a few different kits for everyone to mix and match or simply get one kit for each person to make sure everyone leaves with a miniature garden. It will be a gift that keeps giving through the year as you check-up on each others miniature gardens, add special accents or accessories throughout the year and decorate them for an occasion or anniversary.

New Kits are a Hit!

Here are some fun kits for you to enjoy this season from the studios of Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center. There are indoor kits and hardy combos for outdoors too. Note that you can put any kind of container garden together at anytime as long as your potting soil isn’t frozen. So, go ahead, make a bit of a mess and get your hands into the soil instead of the shopping mall. It’s good for the soul and the environment; it’s a great gift to give and a very fun way to spend time with those you love this holiday season.

Classic Indoor Miniature Garden Kit

Our Classic Indoor Miniature Garden Kit.

The Classic Indoor English Boxwood Kit

A best-seller that we’ve been putting together for years now. The boxwood tree needs bright indirect light and does really well underneath a grow bulb too. (There are grow bulbs that can fit into regular lamps now!) The tree is paired with plants that like the same growing conditions for easy maintenance.

All you need for this Indoor Miniature Garden Kit is a pot, average 8” wide and deep, and potting soil with no additional fertilizers or water-retaining polymers, a pair of gloves, a water mister and a pair of scissors. That’s it!

Get a little crafty in the miniature garden with Two Green Thumbs!

New Combo Kits

We have three different combinations for this season that you can choose what to include. These unique kits make a fun gift to give because it can just tickle the imagination by ordering the accessories only, or you can include everything to make a perfect gift of miniature gardening. Add the plants? Add a Gardening in Miniature book? The choice is yours! Patio materials, Mini Patio Mix and shipping by Priority Mail is included for US residences, including Alaska and Hawaii.

Bird Lovers Miniature Garden Kit

The Bird Lovers Miniature Garden Kit shown here with the plants and Gardening in Miniature Book. You choose what you want to include!

The Bird Lovers Miniature Garden Kit includes two birdhouses and a birdbath for your miniature feathered friends, a rocker and a cedar trellis that is staked to hold up in the garden soil.

Dog Lovers Miniature Garden Kit

Dog Lovers Miniature Garden Kit shown without the plants and book – can make a great gift too!

The Dog Lovers Miniature Garden Kit includes a wee doghouse, a bowl of dog food and the cutest rawhide bone you ever saw. An Adirondack chair and a stump-table are also included.

Garden Lovers Miniature Garden Kit

Garden Lovers Miniature Garden Kit – add the plants, add a book, or not – it’s your choice!

The Garden Lovers Miniature Garden Kit has a very sweet bench and table set, garden hand tools, a water can and a picket fence.

Indoor Mini Garden Kits from Two Green Thumbs

New Indoor Mini Garden Kits are complete with soil and pot included.

New Mini-Mini Kits

This is our first all-inclusive Indoor Mini Garden Kit with the pot and potting soil included! The pots are really nicely done, pretty yellow or blue colors and come with a matching saucer. The plants are in a 2-in-1 pot shown above with half Baby Tears and half Dwarf Mondo Grass, and comes with tiny accessories, patio materials and a 32-page PDF is included.

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Tiny Moss Garden can make a great gift for a friend or coworker.

Tiny Miniature Moss Gardens

We’ve been playing with these for over two months now and they are still just cute as a button! Spray the moss at least once a day to keep it fresh. Tiny moss gardens can live on a windowsill and come with your choice of a gnome or a Buddha, a water mister is included. Moss is forgiving – if you forget to water it, it can be revived. Find the three different kinds of moss gardens up in our etsy store here. 

Any questions Steve and I are here to help! Get in touch: 206-352-0494 (PST – Mon-Fri. 10 -4 or leave a message!) or anytime at info@TwoGreenThumbs.com.

Need to schedule a delivery for a certain day? We can do that too!  The USPS deadline for shipping is December 20th. All our high-quality plants will be okay if left in the box for total of 5 to 7 days.

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Hey Miniature Gardeners! Turn Black Friday Weekend Green

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A”Little” Miniature Garden Help

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The online garden community came together over the last few weeks to help a friend who has always helped us.

A”Little” Miniature Garden Help

I love it when a plan comes together. Okay, it was really a community of gardeners’ plan that happened through a secret group on Facebook to make it a surprise. The online garden group organized a campaign over the last few weeks to help Annie Haven of Authentic Haven Brand Manure Teas get re-established after a long and painfully dry summer that put her business in jeopardy. The drought in California put far too many farms and farmer’s families in a tight spot and we were glad to be able to help Annie just as much as she helps us and our gardens with her organic line of natural teas.

Miniature Moo Poo Tea Bags

After shrinking the labels on our copier/printer, the next trick was figuring out the packaging.

Your Garden’s Health is Your Health

Annie’s Moo Poo Tea is made from composted manure that is free of antibiotics, growth hormones, GMO/GE feed, herbicide and pesticides. That’s not an easy feat among the shelves of chemical fertilizers and pesticides you see at garden centers, and the big-money advertising/product placement at the big-box stores over the last couple of years. Keeping a natural garden is more than necessary your children, pets and the environment, plus it is needed for the birds and other critters that help with the unseen cycle of garden-life that happens right under our noses.

But, as miniature gardeners, we don’t really want to fertilize our gardens too much because the plants will grow faster. The new potting soil that has fertilizers in it is the number one killer of miniature garden plants, and we try to educate every customer that buys our plants as much as possible. Regular potting soil, with no additives or polymers, usually has enough nutrients for the plants to grow at least two years before needing anything extra. And then after the two year wait, we usually recommend a mild, organic fertilizer. (Follow the instructions for using the regular organic fertilizers, some are time-released and others aren’t.)

Miniature Moo Poo Tea

I cut up a regular tea bag and quickly found out that using the loose tea for the dried manure wasn’t going to work. Instead, I used a cotton ball cut in half and rolled it up in tea-bag-cloth. To mimic the plastic bag, I cut up a corner of a small back and taped it with clear tape on the backside. Thankfully I had some “bigger” thread that looks like the twine that Annie uses on her packaging.

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So, where do we love using the Authentic Haven Brand Moo Poo Tea as miniature gardeners? Let me count the ways:Shop Miniature Gardens at Two Green Thumbs

-  Displays and Competitions: Start prepping your display garden by using Moo Poo Tea every time you water at least a couple of weeks before your big show. Go with the nature’s rhythm and use it during the growing season. If your competition is in the winter, compensate for the blast of nutrients by simulating spring – move the garden inside or to a warmer spot at least a month ahead of the contest so the plants don’t get too confused. Back off of the Moo Poo Tea after the competition, you don’t want the garden to grow, just to look its best. Graduate the garden back outside to the cold weather in stages being careful to avoid any extreme changes in light and temperature.

- Dividing and Repotting: Sometimes we get to this fun chore in the fall, but the spring seems to be better for when we really feel like being in the garden and getting our hands dirty. Give your smaller divisions and plant starts a good soaking in Moo Poo Tea before you transplant. I like to keep a bucket on hand when I’m sorting out my in-ground garden and put the new plants in it to keep them happy until I get back to my potting bench and start potting them up. “Water in” the new plantings with Moo Poo Tea to give them a good start.

Miniature Gardening with Moo Poo Tea

All that was left to do was to figure out the shot. This is our one-sixth scale miniature garden. A one-inch scale would have made the Moo Poo Tea package too small to register. 

- Rejuvenating: If your plants or garden gets too dry and the health of the plants begin to waver, soak the whole pot in a bucket of Moo Poo Tea for a couple hours. Making sure the soil is soaked all the way through by waiting for the air bubbles to stop and the pot to sink. Then take the pot out of the bucket and let the pot drain. Make sure the soil has dried-out to barely damp before you water it with regular water.

- Perfect for Young Kids and Pets: We relied on Moo Poo Tea this past summer when our dog was still a puppy because our regular organic fertilizer smelled delicious to our little girl! Oh my, she was so interested it it I had to put on the very top shelf of the potting bench! It only took one pot placed on the floor to realize that there was no way we could use it in our garden beds and pots. So, Moo Poo Tea to the rescue! While smelling equally as yummy to the puppy, at least absorbed immediately into the soil and gave our gardens the nutrients the plants needed – while NOT giving the puppy anything to get into. We kept the brewed tea in a reused kitty little bucket with a lid if we couldn’t use it all at once.

In our full-sized gardens, we just love it! It’s especially good for the heavy feeding plants like annuals and vegetables – and great for soaking seeds and bulbs before planting. We’ve tried her Alfalfa Tea for roses too – my miniature and full-size rose collection loves a good dose in early spring and another in early summer.

To find out more about Annie Havens’ Authentic Haven brand of teas here. You can order some for your garden plants through the website too – note that Annie always has free shipping!

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[Full disclosure: We don’t make any money from this recommendation/affiliation, we only believe in the product and the company.)

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Inspiration from Adversity : Miniature Gardening on Pinterest

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Don’t be a troll. It’s easier, less stressful, and a lot better for your mind and health to be kind.

Inspiration from Adversity : Miniature Gardening on Pinterest

“It’s the price of fame.” A friend reminded me when I told her of my Internet troll that is stalking me around social media calling me names and telling complete lies about me. What did I do to her? I wrote a bestselling book on miniature gardening. So, after one minute of getting mad and frustrated, I realized that not everyone gets a stalker. Hey, maybe I am famous! Lol! Thanks, troll!

And what this immature woman doesn’t realize is that I came from a large family where I was the middle child and learned how to fight back. I learned many years ago to take adversity and draw personal power from it. I can make insults the wind beneath my wings now. I can turn anyone’s lack of confidence in me into personal inspiration. Tell me I can’t do it and watch me do it. So, thanks again, troll! I’m going to do more, write more, create more and yeah, you’ll be seeing more of my work simply because it helps people and makes people happy.

Pinterest is for Everybody

So, if you received a “Pin Removal from Two Green Thumbs” notice from Pinterest a couple of weeks ago, we apologize! 

In an effort to thwart this Internet troll, I had to delete several pins throughout the Pinterest site. I’ve re-posted some of them here so you can re-pin them to your boards. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for pinning politely and including the original link to the photo that you pin.

To tell if it’s a legitimate pin, click into the pin, and look at what is below the photo – it should tell you the website where it is from.

If it is NOT a legitimate pin, you will only see “Pin uploaded by pinner” or just the pinner’s name with no or very little explanation. In this case, this should be the pinner’s photo, and the description, I hope, should fill you in as to what it’s about. Otherwise with no source, credit, description or website below it, more than often not, it is somebody else’s work. See the photo below for an example of what to look for. 

These are Pinterest’s guidelines that are in place so that everyone can find out the source of that pretty photo, great idea or at least know where it came from. Without these critical links Pinterest, it becomes a useless photo album that teases everyone because they can’t find out where it came from, how to do it, or how to get it for themselves.

Pinterest Example

Look for the source of the link. We want to know how to make it or how to get it and your followers do too. That’s the point of Pinterest.

That said, here are some of the pins that were deleted for your re-pinning pleasure:

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My main avatar throughout the internet. This photo was taken around 2005. Those are two Compressa Junipers on either side of the path.

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Another version of my popular avatar.

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This is a version of the ‘Pond-in-a-Pot’ project from my Gardening in Miniature book, 2013. That’s a Jacqueline Hillier Elm tree hanging over the pond. The flowers are miniature daisies.

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Silver & blue miniature garden for the holiday season, 2012, from our series, A Year in the Miniature Garden. Blue Moon Cypress on the left, Miniature Juniper on the right with the blue-bead garland.

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A miniature christmas garden from 2012. That tree is a Piccolo Balsam Fir.

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These were being called Bonsai from the pins I had deleted which they are not at all. You can get the look of a bonsai tree in your miniature garden but once you put the mini bedding plants, the patio and the accessories in there, it becomes a garden in miniature.

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This is The Garden Shed. It won Best of Show at the Seattle Dollhouse Miniature Show in 2005.

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This was a nice surprise all the way from South Africa. She found me at the big Northwest Flower and Garden Show around 2006 where she bought the furniture, birdbath and garden tools from me. She emailed me this a couple of weeks later. I was floored!

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A wedding gift for a couple of Fellow Miniature Gardeners.

And here is a bunch of great ‘pin-able’ photos from the Sierra Club’s website, click here.

I know I missed some reposting some pins. If any of your favorite photos aren’t here, please get in touch and I’ll dig them out.

Like this? Then join us for more fun in the miniature garden here.

And here is our Pinterest boards if you are interested in seeing more: http://www.Pinterest.com/Janit

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Happy Halloween in the Miniature Garden

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