Miniature Gardening 106: Contain Your Investment
A miniature garden can grow to be your old friend. With the right combination of plants, accessories and care, it can weave together for years before needing any major repotting. The tree’s trunks and branches grow in and thicken, the bedding plants get established and look really natural, and the miniature patio ages and settles to look even more authentic than ever.
There ain’t nuthin’ like gardening in miniature. Satisfying. Rewarding. Creative. Garden-y. Fun.
Which is why I’m always surprised when I get an email asking about where to get cheap, er, um, I mean inexpensive containers for miniature gardening.
This miniature garden here in the gray rectangular pot is one of my oldest yet. I’ll have to dig out the exact age, I’ve blogged about it before, (and here too!) but it’s an ol’ friend now at about 9 years old. And, I think that pot sold solo for probably $50 at most.
Mind you, we are in temperate Seattle where the average weather is bland, but this miniature garden has withstood two house moves, several long freezes and a handful or two of random snow storms. (I told you it was bland.) The plants used in this garden are the Tompa Norway Spruce (Picea glauca ‘Tompa’) and Chocolate Chip Ajuga (Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’ and yes, it’s the same plant, snipped back year after year.)
And there my ol’ friend still sits, 9 years later.
Amortize the $50 over 9 years, account for all the enjoyment, education and play time – I would say $5.55 per year is a pretty good deal. And hey, I am still using the pot too.
” The bigger the pot, the more plants you can play with,
the longer the miniature garden will stay together,
and the more fun and rewarding it is. “
Now, don’t scrimp on your miniature garden pot. Consider it an investment. You have to look at it for years so choose a nice one that you really like. We recommend minimum 8″ wide x 8″ deep for a one tree and one bedding plant. The bigger the pot, the more plants you can play with, the longer the garden will stay together, and the more fun and rewarding the miniature garden. Make sure the pot has a drainage hole or understand the plant’s needs with no drainage hole.
Now run, don’t walk, to your local independent garden center (I’ve always wanted to say that) and see what pots they recommend for your area. Get that pretty bowl for a table-top centerpiece AND that tall welcome pot for the front door, and get your miniature garden on.
Here’s the rest of the series:
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