Monday, May 6, 2013

how to create a fairy herb garden

 Have you noticed that things like fairy gardens and terrariums are all the rage right now?
I planted some herbs (dill, cilantro, basil) in a big pot yesterday and since I've been
wanting to create a fairy garden, today the idea came to me:
Why not combine the two?

I added a white garden fence with decorative moss in front, then an arbor with a rake leaning against it, marbles as stepping stones leading to the arbor, a small glass cloche with a decorative rock under it, a sweet bird hiding under the cilantro, then a couple of miniatures: a red tricycle and a plant pot with a tiny ceramic bunny peeking out.


 If you can find small, flat rocks, you can use those as a path. I went with what I had on-hand today, which was marbles.


I love the little red tricycle.


Creating a fairy garden needn't cost much. I was at a garden center last year where they had a display of all kinds of things for making a fairy garden. And they were so expensive! It's interesting to see how places can charge more money for miniatures because they categorize them exclusively for fairy gardens. I found the arbor and rake at Goodwill. The white fencing was from Hobby Lobby and it was 50% off (keep your eyes on the sales), the moss was from Wal-Mart, the tricycle was in a package of miniature Christmas decorations at The Dollar Store, and all the other items were "shopped from home". Interesting to note that the tricycle alone at the garden center was $4!


I will probably play with this a little bit more as the plants grow and I find some other things around the house. I'll probably also spray paint the arbor turquoise.



24 comments:

  1. Love how you used herbs! I am crazy over the miniature bike!
    jemma

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  2. Hi Mel, So sweet! I love the fairy gardens and miniatures. I have a small greenhouse and have been collecting things for years. You would be surprised how similar our gardens are! Great minds! love, Penny

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    1. Can't wait to see yours, Penny - perhaps in person! :-)

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  3. This is so cute! I always wanted to make a fairy garden. I love that you used the herbs too. Great idea!

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  4. Love your fairy herb garden! It's so fun to accessorize and you were fortunate to find all those fun things for cheap. I look forward to seeing how it grows and changes!

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    1. Last year, my few herbs overtook that huge pot - I love how they grow all summer. Nothing better than being able to walk out onto your porch and just snip fresh herbs for whatever is cooking!

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  5. Melanie - How cute! I have gotten to where everything I look at - I think "oh, this would be cute in a fairy garden". I just bought a bunch of herb plants to use because they were small.

    Judy

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    1. The herb plants will get a lot bigger though - so my fairy garden will be changing as the summer goes on! :-)

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  6. Super cute! I am hoping to make one this year! Haven't even thought about which plants to buy...I guess I still have time!
    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. There's lots of ideas on Pinterest! :-)

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  7. I want to plant one this year, too! I've got a few things stashed away from last year, but would never have thought to look at the dollar store. That red tricycle is adorable!

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    1. I never thought of the Dollar Store either, Vickie - until I was in there looking for something else!

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  8. You're talking my language now, Melanie! You know I've been doing these things for years and I always try to add herbs because I love them. You will so enjoy this.
    Brenda

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    1. It was fun making it up as I went along, Brenda! I've always loved your fairy gardens.

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  9. That is super cute!I've always wanted to create one. The tricycle is so cute!

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    1. Go for it, Manuela - you are so creative; I'm sure you would come up with a beautiful one!

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  10. Well where have I been, I haven't heard of a fairy garden before. But I love yours. It's such a clever and fun idea.

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    1. Thanks, Lynn! You can google fairy gardens or take a look on Pinterest - there's so many ideas out there!

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  11. That's so cute! I've never made a fairy garden before (or seen one, until now) but I'm going to keep my eye out for some miniatures next time I'm out and about. :)

    Debbie

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  12. what a fabulous idea a fairy garden , and what a lovely litle tricycle.

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  13. Hi Melanie, Just wanted to let you know that this is a featured post on my blog at tomorrow's Creative HomeAcre Hop. Hope to see you there!

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  14. Adorable! I love the fairy gardens, but just haven't had time or energy for starting another project. :) I love how you combined a practical herb garden with a fanciful fairy garden! Thanks for sharing on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Join us for the new hop today, if you have time :)
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/05/the-creative-homeacre-hop-15.html

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