Waiting for Spring in the Miniature Garden.
I’ve got my fleece hoodie on, my wool socks and a hat – and I’m inside in my office. Did someone forget to order spring? I’m itching to get out in my garden and get growing! The only upside is that the plants don’t care and our spring flowers are pushing through the cold spring temperatures.
So, what to do? We need to appease our inner gardener. It’s spring. Here are some ideas to get you gardening.
Rain is Good
It’s really not so bad. Don your rain gear and get out in it. With your “space-suit” on and an iPhone playing your favorite music or podcast, you instantly create your very own bubble and can have a lovely time getting some much-needed chores done. Want to make the world go away? This is how you do it. Lol!
- Have a couple pairs of garden gloves handy so when one pair gets wet, you can change into dry ones, and keep going.
- Don’t work the soil when it’s completely wet, you’ll damage all the microcosms and air-pockets in the soil and make mud.
- You can always pull weeds and clean-up your walkways and driveway.
- Prune your shrubby perennials. If your trees are still dormant and not showing any new buds at all, you can still prune. If you have any questions regarding any plants from our Miniature Garden Center store, email us.
- You can clean out and organize the garden shed. There’s nothing like puttering in the garden shed or on your porch with the rain pattering on the roof.
- Clean-up your containers – or let the rain do it. Put your empty pots out in the rain to get washed, and take a scrub brush to them if needed.
Divide and Share
This cold spring has given us a little more time to dig up and divide some of our perennials, if you haven’t already done so. Ground covers follow this general rule: the first year they sleep, the second year they creep and the third year they leap. By dividing your ground covers in your miniature garden every three years, they’ll stay in check.
- Plant any extra divisions in different parts of the garden to create a more cohesive, overall design.
- Watch out for the dormant plants that you can’t see yet! Refer to your photos from last summer so you don’t accidentally dig it up or bury it.
- When you do replant, take care to mix up the foliage textures a bit. Contrast leaf textures and match or compliment the leaf-color. If all the foliage is the same size the garden bed, full-size and in miniature, will look too sketchy. By mixing-up small leaves with big leaves, and the conifer’s needles with the unusual foliage of a Hinoki cypress, for example, you’ll have professional looking garden design.
- Share extra plants with your neighbors, make another miniature garden, or plant them up in pots to donate to a charity plant sale later in the season.
Armchair Miniature Gardening
There is always virtual miniature gardening too! Here is a bunch of inspiration at your fingertips:
- Please visit our new main website, MiniatureGarden.com.
- America’s First and Favorite Miniature Garden Center, TwoGreenThumbs.com
- Janit’s Miniature Garden photo album on Flickr.
- Consider digging deeper with more miniature garden ideas, plant information, crafting ideas, maintenance to-do’s at your finger tips and a whole-lot-more, MiniatureGardenSociety.org
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