Five Good Reasons to Make a Fairy Garden
1.It creates a fun, magical space for children
2.If you believe in fairies, this is one of the best ways to attract them
3.This type of garden is eco-friendly and thus good for the environment
4.It creates a haven for wildlife
5.It can stimulate the imagination and provide a refuge from the busy modern world
How to Make a Fairy Garden
The first thing to think about is design. Much will depend on the size of your garden, but the key aspects are:
•Fairy-friendly flowers, such as native wildflowers
•A natural layout, preferably part-wild, rather than a formal design
•Homes and food for animals, birds and insects
•Compost heaps, rainwater butts and other eco-friendly garden areas
•Trees and natural hedgerows
•Sensory stimulation - scented plants, tinkling bells, fairy lights, running water, edible fruits
•Tiny houses and secret places for fairies to hide in
•A secret area of the garden to play with the fairies!
Inspiration for Making a Fairy Garden
You will probably have a vague idea of what your ideal garden should look like. Everyone is different - you might prefer the quaint flower fairies, or wish to go for a darker, Gothic version of Fairyland. Get inspiration from the fairies - draw ideas from fairy art, fantasy fashion, nature, and the wild places. Try a theme, such as the seashore or woods.
The hardest part of learning how to make a fairy garden is knowing where to start. Which flowers should I plant? Do I leave the grass partially wild, or completely wild? Once you know exactly what works, the rest is easy, and fun!
I had all sorts of questions when I first thought about making a fairy garden. But once I knew the secrets, it was easy! Now my garden is flourishing, and not only does it make a beautiful garden to look at, it also provides a magical place for my children to enjoy. Plus it helps fire their imagination and learn about the natural world too!
Terrarium making is a rewarding hobby that combines art and nature. You can make a nice terrarium in an hour and then enjoy caring for it and looking at it for years to come. With a few tips and guidelines you can make some wonderful terrariums that are extraordinary.
What is a terrarium?
A terrarium is a small environment where plants and sometimes animals live together in their own little environment. Generally, this environment ranges in size from that of a two-liter bottle of soda to a thirty-gallon fish tank.
There are two basic types of terrariums: closed environment and open environment. In a closed environment the terrarium is sealed and it is an ecosystem unto itself that needs very little except occasional watering and moderate sunlight. . An open environment terrarium is more common and is usually one where the top is open. This type of terrarium is more durable and easier to maintain. I recommend that you make an open top terrarium if this is your first attempt at making a terrarium.
Enclosure selection: The most important decision you make when making a terrarium is choosing what type of container to put it in. This container has a dramatic impact on how the terrarium looks so you should choose something that looks nice. Some common choices include large brandy glasses, large bottles, fish tanks or even ceramic bowls.
Theme: The best terrariums are the ones that go a little bit further than just a group of plants. Consider making your terrarium with a theme and then you can add little extras that add excitement to it. Some good theme ideas include a desert theme, a rainforest theme, or a magical theme which might include small statues or figurines.