Подпись: ■.'Подпись: ■-Подпись: •І Ximage147From a tiny barnyard to a dinosaur landscape or a beach scene—let children get creative and enjoy gardening on a small scale. Use tiny plants and rooted cuttings for trees and bushes, or sow seeds that will grow into a crop for your farm.




TOOLS & equipment

high-sided, loose-bottomed square cake pan


multipurpose potting mix small glass or plastic container, for the pond blue glass pebbles small twigs and sticks scissors

glue gun or multipurpose glue small aquarium gravel scraps of material unripe cherry tomato selection of small barnyard toys and animals


carpet moss cress

Thymus ‘Doone Valley’

Thymus praecox ‘Elfin’ selection of small foliage plants and succulent cuttings


A cake pan with a loose bottom is perfect for drainage, but add drainage holes if using a different container. Cover the base with a layer of gravel for extra drainage.



Make a space in the potting mix and add the container you are using for the pond.


Add a layer of compost over the gravel, gently tapping the container when all the potting mix is in to disperse any air and allow it to settle evenly. Create a mound for the hill and leave a gap of 234in (7cm) from the top of the container to help with watering.



Add blue glass pebbles to the bowl to create your “water.”


Подпись: 6 Start to lay out your landscaping features, such as the fence, and add pathways made from small aquarium gravel before you start adding plants.3Make a fence by cutting twigs to similar sizes for the uprights, with longer pieces for the cross bars, and glue it all together; a glue gun is useful for this but not essential.



Use carpet moss as your “grass” and cover hills and fields, leaving spaces for plants.

To make a scarecrow, use a twig for the body, glue two twigs at one end for the legs, then glue another twig horizontally to make the arms. Lay the scarecrow on scraps of material and cut around to make the clothes. Cut out two identical shapes for each item, dab with glue around the edges and stick together. Pop a green tomato on top of the stick for the head.

image159j Add plants in scale with&our і other decorations to act as trees, shrubs, and crops. Finally, add your scarecrow and selection of small toys, and pour some water into the pond.








Подпись: Hanging Plant Pot Mobile


TOOLS & equipment

planks of wood handsaw

3 terra-cotta pots with lips, all the same size

tape measure & pencil electric drill & drill bits fretsaw or jigsaw wood clamp

exterior wood paint & paintbrush clear marine varnish (optional) blackboard paint & white chalk crocks or gravel multipurpose potting mix watering can

4 lengths of strong but not too thick rope, each at least 6ft (2m) long

carabiner or other strong metal hoop strong metal hanging bracket, fixed securely to a wall heavy-duty scissors PVC tape


Eucalyptus gunnii

Festuca glauca ‘Intense Blue’

Juncus spiralis (corkscrew rush)


Cut the planks into three equal squares, 1U-1%in (3-4cm) larger than the circumference of the pots. Position a pot in the center and draw around the top edge.


Draw another circle within this first circle to match the circumference under the lip of the pots, approximately %in (1.5cm) inside the larger circle.


чЛ—Project Steps

image168Подпись: 3 Drill holes slightly wider than your rope into the four corners of each wooden square.image169"image1704 Take a square and clamp it to a sturdy work surface to keep it steady. Drill a pilot hole at a point just inside the smaller circle, large enough to accommodate the fretsaw or jigsaw blade. Thread the blade through the hole and cut all the way around the inner circle. Repeat for the other squares.



Before planting your pots, first add a layer of crocks or gravel for drainage, and then fill about halfway with potting mix.


Paint each pot holder with exterior wood paint and leave to dry. You can also add a coat of clear marine varnish for extra protection. Paint your pots at the same time; we used blackboard paint and chalk (see page 194).

image172Подпись: 7 Remove plants from their pots and tease out the roots if they are potbound. Place in the pots. Fill around with potting mix and firm in. Water thoroughly.image173image174Подпись: Watering and feeding Water often in the growing season, especially if hot and dry. Add diluted liquid fertilizer monthly from mid-spring to early fall. Do not feed and reduce watering in winter. General Care Remove damaged foliage throughout the growing period. The eucalyptus will need repotting into a larger container eventually. Do not cut back the grass or rush in the spring. image1758 Gather together the four ends of your rope, form a long loop, and then tie this off with a strong knot to leave a 4in (10cm) loop at the top. Attach to the carabiner or metal hoop, and hook this onto the bracket where you will be hanging the planter. A sheltered, sunny, or part-shade location is ideal for these plants.


Take a pot holder and insert the rope ends through the corner holes, feeding through until the holder is roughly where you want the top plant. Tie knots in each rope under the holder to keep it in position. Place the plant in the hole. Adjust the rope knots until level. Repeat with the remaining holders. Cut the rope ends and wrap with PVC tape for a neat finish.

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Updated: October 4, 2015 — 12:58 am