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Day 18 :: Shelfie - I scoured the public library system and the internet for any book that mentioned miniature gardening back in 2001 when I first started out - and bought most of them. (Back then you could scour the internet in a couple of hours.) The only author that did what we do was Anne Ashberry - the rest of the books are different types of miniature gardening: teacup gardening, windowsill gardening, bonsai, terrariums... Until I wrote my own book ~> the three on the right, Gardening in Miniature, translated into German, Turkish and soon to be Korean. It's a bestseller for the publisher and for Amazon and it's the best book on the hobby. Why? Because it is written by someone who is genuinely obsessed about miniature gardening: Me.

Day 18 :: Shelfie – I scoured the public library system and the internet for any book that mentioned miniature gardening back in 2001 when I first started out – and bought most of them. (Back then you could scour the internet in a couple of hours.) The only author that did what we do was Anne Ashberry – the rest of the books are different types of miniature gardening: teacup gardening, windowsill gardening, bonsai, terrariums… Until I wrote my own book ~> the three on the right, Gardening in Miniature, translated into German, Turkish and soon to be Korean. It’s a bestseller for the publisher and for Amazon and it’s the best book on the hobby. Why? Because it is written by someone who is genuinely obsessed about miniature gardening: Me. 😁 😍💚😍😁

Digging Deeper with America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center, TwoGreenThumbs.com, Part 2

This was an Instagram challenge this past March called #MarchMeettheMaker and I found it was a great way to tell you more about what we do here at America’s favorite – and first – Miniature Garden Center.

There was a list to follow of what to post each day for 31 days. We’ve divided it up into three blogs, this is the second, (here is the first, Part 1,) so you too can find out more about us. We’re the little company that could and did. Here is our story, through Instagram photos.

Day 11 :: Post Run :: We've been shipping the miniature plants, parts & pieces for gardening in miniature since 2002/3 when we started selling on eBay before we opened our online store in 2004. We have the BEST live plant shipping methods - or so our customers tell us! 😍 We've shipped accessories and miniature art pieces throughout the world, just recently to Germany, New Zealand, india, France & Malaysia. We've shipped our miniature trees & plants to every state of the Union save for Hawaii. Miniature Gardeners are everywhere. 😍💚🙏💚😍

Day 11 :: Post Run :: We’ve been shipping the miniature plants, parts & pieces for gardening in miniature since 2002/3 when we started selling on eBay before we opened our online store in 2004. We have the BEST live plant shipping methods – or so our customers tell us! 😍 We’ve shipped accessories and miniature art pieces throughout the world, just recently to Germany, New Zealand, india, France & Malaysia. We’ve shipped our miniature trees & plants to every state of the Union save for Hawaii. Miniature Gardeners are everywhere. 😍💚🙏💚😍

 

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Day 12 :: Very First Sale :: December, 2001, Fremont Sunday Market, Seattle, Washington. We brought our ideas to the market to test and sold over half of the miniature gardens. One woman bought three. A great start but boy was the weather miserable that day! Two Green Thumbs actually started as a garden art business before the gardening in miniature idea took over. The FSM was a very touristy market, we built a very wide-spread mailing list of people from all over the States – back when that really meant snail mail. 😳👍😁

 

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Day 13 :: Feedback – A lot of our feedback is on the excellent quality miniature plants that we carry and our unusual miniature garden accessories but the best feedback is on our shipping. We have the best shipping methods in the industry, hands down. I would bet my husband on it! <~ He does all the packing for us! 😆 After I taught him my techniques, he added his own level of OCD-ness to it. We now get this kind of unsolicited feedback all the time. 😍😍😍

 

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Day 14 :: Creative Friends – All my friends are creative in some way or another. (Actually, I believe that everybody is creative.) My friends are like me, entrepreneurs, artists and gardeners who like to be a bit silly at times. 😜

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Day 15 :: Inspiration :: Mother Nature is my main inspiration, followed by contemporary art and craft. For me, a walk through the woods is just as inspiring as going to a favorite art gallery, antique or bookstore, or a craft market. Inspiration is everywhere. 😍😍😍

 

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Day 16 :: Time to Relax – My full-size garden is in the front of the house, it’s gradually becoming my sanctuary and my place to relax. The business, nursery and studio is in the back. :) 

 

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Day 17 :: Photography – I learned commercial photography on the job by being a phoyograper’s assistant for years, back in the analog days. Did some cover shots, a ton of catalogue work, my best day was a kitten shoot with my ol’ friend Doug. 😍 I’m still improving my miniature photography every day. And I’ve always bootstrapped my shoots too – like why don’t I get a proper setup for my DIYs? Maybe one day I’ll take a lesson and get a proper mini photo studio. Loll!

 

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Day 19 :: Helper – I thought of showing you a photo of Steve for this one, a partner more than a helper per se. But I’d rather show you the unexpected things he does that make me laugh, like filling the tiny birdbath with birdseed just after I planted the garden. You should hear the way he talks to our customers on the phone: compassionate, practical and funny. He is the best plant packer in the industry too – hands down. I’d put money on it but I think I’ve said that before. Our damaged-plant complaints have gone down to less than 1%. 💚🌳💚🌲💚🌿💚

 

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Day 20 :: Sketchbook – This is really getting a bit embarrassing. What do I sketch? Small plants and flowers and garden vignettes. Lol!  😆😜😳👍🌳🌲🎨📚

 

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Digging Deeper with America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center, Part 1

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Day 1. Brand Image. This has been our accidental avatar for years now because I took the shot for no reason but to document that brickwork. It was the perfect fit for social media because stands out and it’s a perfect way to show what we do here at TwoGreenThumbs.com!

Digging Deeper with America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center, TwoGreenThumbs.com, Part 1

This was an Instagram challenge this past March called #MarchMeettheMaker and I found it was a great way to tell you more about what we do here at America’s favorite – and first – Miniature Garden Center.

There was a list to follow of what to post each day for 31 days. We’ve divided it up into three blogs, so you too can find out more about us. We’re the little company that could and did. Here is our story, through Instagram photos.

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Day 2 : a (rare) selfie if me, Janit Calvo. 😁  I’m in the front miniature garden today planting and moving trees around. It’s SO much easier than full-size gardening and you can move the landscape if you want. Today, I dug a pond in 5 minutes. I think I might need another 15 minutes to complete it. You can have it all in small.

 

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Day 3 : My workspace. In miniature. Lol!

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Day 4: Just some of the many tools used for miniature gardening. Most of them are used for cutting things down to size <~ pun intended.

 

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Day 5 a day late: What I can’t live without. You can take everything from me and I can build it again, make it again and earn it again but not my husband nor my pets. 😍 this little girl makes us laugh and play each day, no matter how hard our days are.

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Day 6 : Raw Materials. Miniature trees are one if our many wonderful raw ingredients that we provide for the new miniature garden hobby at Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center (since 2001!) True dwarf and miniatures that grow slow and stay in scale for years. Use them for containers or plant them right in the ground. Great for bonsai starts too, for those would like to train them while they are young.

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Day 7 :: How & Why :: How = Passion :: Why = Passion. Such a long story but it goes back to doing what you love. This is just half of it. Photo is of my miniature dollhouse furniture from my childhood.

 

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Day 8 : Where? Seattle, Washington where flowers bloom in the garden all year long. I’m a transplant from Toronto, Canada. When I was visiting here in 1998, I stood in wonder at the Camelias blooming a January. I was so entranced by all the moss and green-ness of the PNW I felt that I was finally home. This photo was taken today (March 8,) a (full-size) Star Magnolia growing in our (full-size) garden. Lol!

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Day 9 :: Goals :: our goal is to spread the joy of gardening in miniature so everyone know what it is. When someone says, “I’m a knitter” you know exactly what they do. Most people are still not familiar with this new hobby and need an explanation to follow – but we are working on that. My bestselling book, Gardening in Miniature, is now translated into German, Turkish and soon to be Korean. [Photo: a current shot is of our cover girl, the miniature Elf Spruce shown in the same garden on the cover of Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World, by the world’s top garden publisher, Timber Press. The tree on the left is about 3 years old – the Elf in the mini garden is about 15 years old. We didn’t prune it to grow that way, that’s just how it grows.]

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Day 10 :: Favorite Small Business :: My favorite small businesses aren’t small – they are tiny. This one-woman show is my most favorite in the stratosphere: Stephanie Rose of GardenTherapy.com. :: ~> Stephanie gets to play with ALL aspects of garden and craft and food and kids and diy and re-purposing and home improvement… AND she rocks and inspires each and every day with grace, style, wit and uber-talent.

Stay tuned for Part Deux coming next week. Leave any comments or questions below.

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Perennials Ideas for Your Miniature Garden or Fairy Garden

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Perennials Ideas for Your Miniature Garden or Fairy Garden

I love perennial plants – full-sized and in miniature. Once you get them established, they pretty much just give and give with little maintenance save for watering when it’s dry, and cutting back the plant when it needs it. That’s it. Done. I love them. Lol!

Here’s tour of our new miniature perennial border that we’ve been developing in one of our larger miniature gardens here at our studio in Seattle, Wa. Click the photo of the plant to see it in our online store.

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Geranium lover alert! This is a true miniature Geranium (Geranium sanguineum ‘Minutum’) and the leaves are so tiny – the perfect scale for us! Flowers are much bigger but we’ll forgive that because they are flowers. Lol! Sun to part sun, hardy to -20F, an outdoor plant. 

See more photos and learn more about the Miniature Cranesbill Geranium here.

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Miniature Goldenrod! The full-sized plant is often blamed for causing allergic symptoms but it the Ragweed, that blooms at the same time, that is the culprit. This one is darling though: easy care hardy to 20F. Sun to part sun. Spreads slowly. An outdoor plant.

See more photos and learn more about the Miniature Goldenrod here.

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These young shoots of Dwarf Mondo Grass were a bit taxed with the recent summer weather we’ve been having. April was our warmest month on record ever! The Dwarf Mondo Grass is very versatile. It seem to be able to grow in any kind of light and even indoors (well, except the random heat waves in early spring.) Water it until it’s established in the garden bed. Trim or gently pluck the yellowing leaves off once there are plenty of new green growth. Remove any dead leaves when you see it. Hardy to 0F. 

See more photos and learn more about the Dwarf Mondo Grass here.

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White ground cover Thyme is nestled in between a wee Hosta and the toad. White Thyme as green leaves with a green stem. It will flower in early summer and probably need dividing next spring because the bed is so skinny. Not edible and doesn’t smell like the herb. Hardy to -20F, part shade to full sun. Drought tolerant when established in-ground. An outdoor plant.

See more photos and learn more about what ground cover Thymes in stock here.

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One of our new and darling miniature Hostas, the Shining Tot. Another plant that got a little stressed after that random heatwave in April – but it will bounce back. The new leaves will flush out and I’ll trim off the yellowing leaves then. The lavender colored flower shoots up about 4 inches. Shade. Hardy to -40F (!) Drought tolerant. An outdoor plant. 

See more photos and learn more about the Shining Tot Miniature Hosta here.

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The tree is a Japanese Holly “in bud” – meaning it is just about to flower. They have the TINIEST flowers in pale green and if the plant is very happy, some of the flowers will turn to green (inedible) berries. Cool sun or part sun, water when top of soil is dry, hardy to -20F, an outdoor plant.

See more photos and learn more about the Jersey Jewel Japanese Holly here.

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The entire border is about 12 inches long. The permanent patio was created with our Mini Patio Mix Kit and the new Coral Shell Stone Sheet.

See more:
Mini Patio Mix Kit here.
Coral Shell Stone Sheet here. 
Made-in -the-USA cedar trellis here.
Green Birdbath here.
Gray Grapevine Birdbath here.
Toad Statue here.

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More About Miniature Garden Plants

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Some of the plants used for our Northwest Flower and Garden Show display were chosen as experiments to see how fast they grow up. The Parahebe, the small plant in front of the big Hinoki tree in the front blue pot, ‘looked’ like a good possibility – until it grew up.

More About Miniature Garden Plants

I STILL do it!

I fall for the cutest little plants, especially when they are in flower. I buy it, plant it and watch it grow – and grow and grow and grow! So not cool if you are a miniature gardener.

So. Not. Cool.

;o)

After all, we ARE looking from them to stay small or grow really slowly.

I’m getting a lot of emails lately asking about what kind of plants to use for miniature gardening – or how to find out what works in your backyard and what doesn’t. So I put this mini-directory together of previous blogs that have touched upon the subject in various ways. If your question isn’t answered here, please do let me know.

How to Find the Plants

This is part four of our beginner series. You’ll find the links to the rest of the series in the post. These are the steps to take for indoor and outdoor plants:

https://minigardener.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/miniature-gardening-104-how-to-find-the-plants/

Examples of What to Look For

The main points of what to look for with a few examples of plants that we like:

https://minigardener.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/miniature-garden-plants-examples-of-what-to-look-for/

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Secrets to Success

In this post, I talk about some of the plants that trick us into thinking they would work – until they grow up:

https://minigardener.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/miniature-garden-plants-secrets-to-success/

About the Plants Behind the Winning Gardens

From our annual Miniature Garden Contest – I break down the plants that each winner used in their miniature gardens:

https://minigardener.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/an-inside-peak-at-the-miniature-plants-in-the-award-winning-gardens/

The Meaning of “Dwarf” and “Miniature”

Dwarf and miniature are often used in the names of plants to help sell them – which can be misleading. Here are the definitions and what we mean by “dwarf” and “miniature:”

https://minigardener.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/miniature-dwarf-plants-the-true-meaning/

Signs of the Plants Demise So You Can Prevent It

A discussion on the signals that plants give you when they are not happy.

https://minigardener.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/how-plants-die/

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Four months later: the Parahebe sure has pretty flowers – that have overgrown the scale of the miniature garden! I’ll transfer it to one of my in-ground miniature gardens in the fall.

What Can be Grown in your Area?

The very best way to get to know what plants work in your area is your local garden center or nursery – NOT a big box store. You know, one of those cozy, plant-laden stores where you hear a soothing fountain off in the corner, the air is thick with humidity and you have to duck under trees and walk over the hose to get to the cashier – and this is inside the building – THAT kind garden center.

Take some time and walk around and get a feel for where they have the plants at the nursery.  You should find the right plants in the right place too. Note the zone info and what kind of soil they recommend for the plant. Then you can retreat home and look again at the space that you are thinking for your miniature garden if you haven’t decided that yet.

Here’s a quick-list of what you are looking for:

  • Miniature or slow-growing dwarf trees or shrubs
  • Groundcovers
  • Rockery Plants
  • Alpine Plants
  • Sedums & Succulents (small leafed, of course)

For a complete discussion of the trees, shrubs and plants for miniature gardening, look forward to the first comprehensive book on miniature gardening from Timber Press:

Gardening in Miniature

Now available for pre-order through Amazon.com, or wherever books are sold. To pre-order your signed-by-the-author copy, from our online store, click here. Ask your local garden center or favorite book seller to get it for you – it’s published by Timber Press.

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DIY Miniature Fairy Garden Swings for Your Fairy Fantasy Trees!

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“If you like it then you’d better put a swing on it.” These trees have me singing Beyonce all week. Lol! We’ve got more Fairy Fantasy Trees in stock.

DIY Miniature Fairy Garden Swings for Your Fairy Fantasy Trees!

I love it when a plan comes together. Check out how cute these fairy swings are floating in the breeze on these perfect miniature fairy garden trees! You can hang a swing from right away – no waiting for the plants to grow up!

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DIY fairy swings are too fun to make! Every one turns out different – just like miniature fairy gardens. 

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I cut a piece of scrap wood and rounded the edges and drilled the holes for the wire. I wasn’t too precise – it’s supposed to look like a fairy made it.

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The heavier wire is softened by tendrils of thinner wire to make it lighter and airier – or more fairy like.

 

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I tried hanging it by two wires but it was too stiff. I found I have better luck with hanging it by one wire, and now it swings in the breeze. 

Find that pretty Cotoneaster tree here. Cotoneasters are great for containers or plant it in the ground. Trim the branches to keep the “S” shape or you can let it revert back to its natural shape that will grow prostrate, or sideways along the ground. Don’t be afraid to prune it, it can handle it.

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Pretty little flowers on the Cotoneaster each spring. They turn to bright red berries (inedible) that last through the winter.

What kind of fairy gardener are you? See our popular eBook, Sophisticated Fairy Gardening: Advanced Techniques, Ideas and Imaginings, by Yours Truly, world-renown miniature garden expert no less! Here’s an excerpt:

Keep your fairy gardening real by replicating what nature does. Let the garden ebb and flow, let the trees and the flowers fill in naturally. The one really central “must-have” for a realistic fairy garden is the garden itself. Once you have the naturally slow-growing trees intermixed with the low-growing garden bed of perennials and flowers, add to it slowly so you have a chance to nurture the plants. Try to resist the urge to add a bunch of accessories and houses all at once. Let the idea marinate into what it needs to be, instead of being a display of a collection of miniature fairy accessories.

Sophisticated Fairy Gardening, by Janit Calvo

An expert view on fairy gardening and how to make them look authentic in your miniature garden.

 

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The Twisty Mugo Pine made the perfect tree for twiggy fairy swing. 

See more photos of the Twisty Mugo Pine here. It is really perfect for any fairy garden. Mugos are drought tolerant, great in containers or in the ground, they love full sun, they can handle the heat and they are hardy to -40F! (Brrrr!) Snip or pinch any new growth along the trunk to maintain its shape.

 

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For the seat of this fairy swing, I found a half-piece of driftwood log. I drilled it on either side for the wires to go through before decorating it.

 

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You can see how I hid the wire with the reindeer moss and another twig. I cheated and used hot-glue for this project because the swing will sit “in the air” it, theoretically, should last.

 

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DIY fairy swings – betcha you can’t make only one of them! Lol! 

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Miniature Gardening on Mother’s Day

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Miniature Gardening on Mother’s Day

Miniature gardening and Mother’s go hand-in-hand. Make your Mother’s Day easy this year with your one-stop shopping at America’s favorite Miniature Garden Center, TwoGreenThumbs.com!

  1. Place your order by Monday, May 2nd. 
  2. Use your Mom’s address as the shipping address.
  3. Tell us it’s for your Mom in the comment box, by email or phone.
  4. We’ll ship it to her with a card from you.
  5. And send you the invoice for your files.
  6. Easy. Peasy.

Want to call in your order! We can do that too! Our contact info is here, leave a message if we miss you, we’re a big-little, two-person company.

Need ideas? That’s what we are here for!

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Is your Mom a fairy gardener? Here’s a Fairy Fantasy Tree that she can hang a swing from, click the picture to see it in our Etsy store.

Mom’s Day Gift Ideas

  • Indoor/Outdoor Boxwood Kit – A bestseller! All you need is a container (8″ x 8″ at least) and some organic potting soil with no added fertilizers or water-retaining polymers. Shipping is included!
  • A set of miniature garden trees or plants. Shop by your zone here. Email us if you need help choosing or want to check what your Mom has ordered before – we can look that up for you!
  • Build your own set from our exclusive, Made in the USA, in-scale, realistic garden accessories.
  • An autographed copy of the bestselling book on the hobby, Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World.

See More Fun with Mom in the Miniature Garden Throughout the Years:

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Make a miniature garden with Mom this Mother’s Day! It will give her a reason to play and a space to go to anytime that is her very own little world.❤

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Grow Your Own Way for Earth Day

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Grow Your Own Way for Earth Day

Earth Day always brings about moments of reflection about how I treat our planet. I’ve been a tree hugger, a recycler, a reducer, a re-user, and a plant lover for over 30 years. Mother Earth is now one of my business partners, but it wasn’t a straightforward route to this partnership with Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center, but at least it was interesting.

Miniature Gardening with Janit CalvoWhen I first decided to work with plants I tried working with a landscaping company and was hired to pull weeds. It was hard work and the main mission was to get to the next job as fast as possible. We were told to leave some weeds behind to guarantee a callback. (!)

I planted trees in interior British Columbia for three months while waiting for my brother and our friend to finish their tree planting gigs to meet up afterwards and travel south – only to find out they both quit and went back to Toronto after 2 weeks (they lasted ONLY 2 weeks!!) into the season. Now that was eye opening!

I tried working on my own as a solo gardener pulling more weeds but it was very lonely work and I didn’t enjoy being in a strange yard all by myself for hours on end.

I tried to team up with another entrepreneur to create a small gardening and landscape company that we had going but she didn’t want to get serious about it and wanted to stay under the table.

I tried to work for a wholesale florist because I wanted to be surrounded by flowers but I couldn’t handle the hours (4am start time!?! Wha…??) AND the boss wanted me to set up his computer network instead of doing the cashier’s job that I was hired to do, because he knew I had a strong computer background – for $10 per hour. ‘Nuff said.

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A peaceful green scene next to the miniature canal. The bather statue is about 2 3/4″ tall. 

And, I tried working at a garden center, but after a full year with the company; I saw the seasonal cycle start again and quickly got bored. They transferred me to the garden accessories department as assistant manager, but my job was to peel little labels off made in China crap and price everything. Yawnsville!

So, what’s my point in reviewing my job history for you? If at first you don’t succeed with anything you do, and you really want it to work out, try and try again.

If that tree didn’t work out in your miniature garden, try another! They don’t grow on trees, they ARE trees!

If that miniature garden didn’t last as long as you expected it to, here’s your chance to experiment with another design or theme and to learn and grow about different plants.

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When mixing up different plants in the same pot, you’ll find some grow faster than others BUT with our miniature garden bedding plants (aka ground covers) there is a rule: the first year they sleep, the second year they creep and the third year they leap. So if you divide them every three years you can stay on top of it.

If you used the wrong soil and ruined your first go at miniature gardening. Take it back to the store where you bought the soil so you can vent your frustrations and start to heal – then pick up some organic soil and make another! It’s too fun and cute not to!

If that outdoor plant you tried to grow indoors died, try again with the rule, “right plant, right place” and remember that you can’t fool Mother Nature.

Miniature Gardening with Janit Calvo and TwoGreenThumbs.com

And speaking of environmentally friendly – our Made-in-the-USA genuine cedar trellises and decks are now back in stock! The trellises are staked to stay upright. The cedar will age gracefully as cedar does. You can’t get more realistic in the miniature garden than this! Click the photo to see more in the store. 

If you really want to garden in miniature but haven’t been having any success, leave a description of your situation in the comments below, I’m pretty sure I can give you another angle to work with.

Happy Earth Day! Now go hug a tree – do it gently if it’s miniature.

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