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National Gardening Week ~ How To Make Fairy Garden

Today marks the last day of National Gardening Week, there are however numerous incentives to keep you and your children interested in keeping your garden not just visually pleasing but also a natural habitat for all the critters that help our plants and flowers thrive.

One such incentive is by the RSPB and their Give Nature A Home

GNaH sign

{image by Eleanor Bentall}

Whilst making a fairy garden doesn’t appear on their list of projects to do, by making the fairy garden we have encompassed at least 2 of the projects; grow flowering plants and make dead wood piles, which isn’t too shabby!

How To Make A Fairy Garden

Step 1. Firstly you need to decide on a container or patch of garden to create the garden, we used an old Belfast sink, yet any kind of container or trunk of a tree would work just as well.

We filled our sink with broken pots for drainage and compost.

How to make a fairy garden, filling with compost

Step 2. Select and plant a selection of plants and flowers and seeds. We also have a selection of wild flowers seedlings, which once a little bigger will be sown in to the compost.

How to make a fairy garden selecting plants

Step 3. Add decorations / accessories to the garden.

We painted stones for a foot path, made a ‘house’ out of bamboo sticks and created little toadstools from painted door knobs, and of course added the ‘fairy’ sign.

How to make a fairy garden house

How to make a fairy garden sign and toad stool

How to make a fairy garden stone path with glitter

We didn’t want anything too big, as we want the flowers to be the main attraction.

How to make a fairy garden in a Belfast sink

We happen to have 2 Belfast sinks both of which we have up~cycled in to planters, we have linked them together with a ‘bridge’ made of deadwood, which makes a lovely little hideaway for bugs.

How to make a deadwood pile for the garden

How to make garden sign posts, bugs wooden hideout

The kids and I have really enjoyed working in the garden over the past few weeks, and it’s something we will certainly be continuing.

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