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Miniature Secret Garden
Miniature Secret GardenIf it`s too chilly where you live to do too much gardening at the moment, remember that it`s great weather for reading. A book that you would enjoy is "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Maybe someone (Grandma or Grandad perhaps) can read it to you. It will give you lots of wonderful ideas for making your own miniature secret garden. You will need: a shallow plastic or metal tray with holes in the bottom (The trays that nurseries use to hold their punnets of seedlings are perfect.), potting mix, small stones, pebbles, a jar lid, aluminium foil, a selection of small plants.

What you do:
1. Almost fill the tray with potting mix (or make your own mixture of compost, sand and peat moss.)
2. A jar lid covered in aluminium foil makes a good pond. Make a hole in the potting mix and press the lid down so the sides cannot be seen. Put some little flat stones around the edge. (Let them poke over the sides into the "pond" a bit.)
3. Your garden will look best if it is not all flat. Mound the potting mix up in a couple of places, make little raised beds surrounded by stones, group some bigger stones to look like boulders, make a winding little path with flat pebbles, sand or fine mulch. You can use pieces of gutter-guard to make screens and trellises. Satay sticks will help to keep it upright.
4. Plants with tiny leaves will look best. Baby`s Tears, Pratia, Kennilworth Ivy, thyme, moss and tiny tree or shrub seedlings will all look great. Succulents are really terrific.
5. The garden will dry out quickly, so you must water it every day. A sprayer bottle filled with water will help you keep the garden moist. Keep it in a brightly-lit place where the water can drain through easily.
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