Miniature Gardening forum: How to make fairy garden river with blue sand

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Jun 15, 2016 2:42 AM CST
Hi all!

I've tried several ways of making a "river" running through my outdoor fairy garden, but every time the river sinks into the soil beneath it. How is it done?

I live in Nashville and we get a lot of rain and storms throughout the year, so that might be the problem. My fairy garden isn't in a container, it's in a flower bed so I can't bring it in when it rains.

Here's what I've tried (all blue, of course):
flat glass pebbles directly on the soil and surrounded by mulch (pebbles sunk into soil)
aluminum foil under the river of blue glass pebbles (aluminum breaks up and looks bad after a couple weeks)

I've placed black garden fabric under the fairy garden now, but it is covered with mulch. Should I have a different ground cover? I want to try to make a river with blue sand but there's no way it'll stay put even with the black fabric under it.

At this point I don't mind whether or not I use glass pebbles or sand. I just want to to stay put. How do people do this?

Name: Bev Walker
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Jun 16, 2016 5:28 AM CST
You could try to glue the rocks and/or sand to the black landscape cloth with an outdoor adhesive like clear Silicone caulk. I haven't tried it yet, but intend to first chance I get.
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Name: Becky
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Jun 25, 2016 12:48 AM CST
I personally would try mixing some concrete plaster, pour it between two curving pieces of plastic border right on top of the dirt and then either sprinkling some blue sand or placing the blue glass stones into the concrete before it sets up.

I made a concrete miniature patio and posted the info/photos in this article to give you idea as to what I am talking about:
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Name: mj
Central Florida
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Aug 11, 2016 4:04 AM CST
I'm in the same dilemma with my outdoor mini/table top garden.

The thread "Well it's a start..." in Miniature Gardening forum

I was told to mix Elmers Exterior Glue with builders sand. Builders sand doesn't shift like other sands do. Use this mixture as a base for your blue sand or blue glass pebbles. I still think at least in my case I'm going to need a "river bank" or something similar to keep the soil on the sides from spilling into the river.
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