Miniature Gardening forum: Mini garden re-do

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Mar 19, 2017 5:50 AM CST
After 4 yrs I decided it was time to replace the soil in my first mini garden & re-set the scene.

Removed rocks bigger than the aquarium gravel & all non-plant objects.
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That made it look naked.
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A pic of Lithops in case they don't survive the experience.
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The soil surface had sunk about 2 inches.
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I pulled each plant out.
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With styrofoam block removed. I scooped the gravel off of the surface with my hands. Having lined the bottom with window screen was a great idea. It made removing the old soil so easy.
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Getting rinsed/cleaned.
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I put the "patio" area a little farther back & to the right so more plants can fit on the more sunny left side.
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left:
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right:
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front:
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whole:
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I'm going to wait a few weeks to replace gravel & decorations to try to let the soil set in place so it's as airy as possible for plants to recover from the disturbance and hopefully doesn't compact so badly again.
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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Mar 27, 2017 7:04 PM CST
Great job, Tiffany. Hurray! That was a lot of work. I redid one of my wash tubs. It was a Fairy Garden at one time but was dismantled some time ago. I will post pictures in this forum. Can't wait to see yours when it is put back together.
Yard decor, repurposing, and flowers,
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Mar 28, 2017 7:32 AM CST
TYVM! I've been watering it so gently, with a heavy mist setting on my hose. When I push gently on the surface, my finger doesn't poke a hole like the first day, so the soil seems to be setting in place nicely. I think it will be past the danger of compacting and ready for the "stuff" next weekend, though I'm not crazy about the arrangement of the plants... I may move some things around & wait a couple weeks just to make sure the soil level is high enough.

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Name: Charles Walker
Victoria, BC
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charleswalker4
Apr 5, 2017 4:22 AM CST
Beautiful garden, Great work !
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Apr 5, 2017 10:42 AM CST
TYVM, Charles! This weekend, I will start adding non-plant items back to it.

Everything except the strands of that little Peperomia rotundifolia is looking good. Looks like about 90% are going to shrivel away. That stuff is frustrating to try to prop compared to other Peps!
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Apr 6, 2017 11:05 PM CST
You did quite a thorough Spring Cleaning of that Garden, Tiffany! And the plants seem to have grown bigger since you put them in. Question: Will that change the scale/size of the non-plant material that you will be subsequently putting in?
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Apr 7, 2017 5:43 PM CST
TYVM! No, I don't have other things to put in.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jun 2, 2017 2:19 PM CST
I wish I took note of what kind of bag of soil I used for this. DH brought it home from an abandoned storage unit and I didn't pay any attention. It looked to have a decent texture & it was just the right amount for this planter. These plants have all grown more in the past few months than in the previous 4 yrs. I'm not prepared for that! LOL! I've already had to take a lot of cuttings & have removed at least a dozen plants. ...but this would be great for other plants that I do want to grow faster than they are. No memory at all what that apparently magic bag said... Doh!!

I promise, I will put the gravel back on the top soon & the decorations back into some kind of scenes...
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Oct 28, 2017 3:05 PM CST
I have still not done the decorations or replaced the gravel, but the plants have done well!
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Oct 28, 2017 4:10 PM CST
They have! Thumbs up
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
May 4, 2018 3:39 PM CST
Well I am glad I waited. The soil sunk again, a lot. I topped it off & replaced the gravel.
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I may have fallen into unbridled enthusiasm topping-off. I didn't put a lot of the bigger plants back, going to add the "stuff", then more plants.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
May 8, 2018 10:20 AM CST
I'm not finished adding non-plant items, but this is what mini looked like by the end of this past weekend. A few taller cuttings stuck in the back won't be permanent because they are not hardy here. The rest of the plants are, or at least they have been since 2013.

The blue "columns" were found in the cake decorating section @ Michaels or Hobby Lobby, I forget which, I've had them for a while & am just now getting around to using them. They're hollow, so why not put little plants in there, right?
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The upholstery on these chairs is so faded. I hope I'll get around to updating them.
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Stained glass window made out of Shrink Dinks is holding up well, in about an hour of sun each morning.
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
May 8, 2018 12:07 PM CST
purpleinopp said:...The blue "columns" ,...They're hollow, so why not put little plants in there, right?

Of course, Tiffany! Love the whole scheme/design/elements especially your going hardy with the plants and still incorporating some of the plants that had seniority from the first planting? Great mini and well populated garden Lovey dubby

Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
May 8, 2018 12:24 PM CST
TYVM! And TY for the acorns!

Yes, there was originally a false Aralia and a ponytail palm but neither are still with us. The Aralia went to its' spiritual permanent pot over the first winter, and the PT palm over the 2nd. Sad in a way but I enjoy the opportunity to change it up a bit.

I would like to find a little boxwood, juniper, similarly small plant with diminutive foliage that could be more permanent and manipulated into a cute bonsai shape. Might not be enough sun for a boxwood. I really hate those in the landscape, always too close to a house & shaped like a meatball, but being able to have one under full control would feel like a great reward for all of the time I've spent mangling some boxwoods @ my mom's to stay confined to the tiny space in which they were planted by the previous owner about 40 yrs ago, right by the plumbing for one of the bathrooms.
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The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
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Campbell, California (Zone 9b)
Minflick
Jun 25, 2018 11:15 AM CST
purpleinopp said:TYVM! And TY for the acorns!

Yes, there was originally a false Aralia and a ponytail palm but neither are still with us. The Aralia went to its' spiritual permanent pot over the first winter, and the PT palm over the 2nd. Sad in a way but I enjoy the opportunity to change it up a bit.

I would like to find a little boxwood, juniper, similarly small plant with diminutive foliage that could be more permanent and manipulated into a cute bonsai shape. Might not be enough sun for a boxwood. I really hate those in the landscape, always too close to a house & shaped like a meatball, but being able to have one under full control would feel like a great reward for all of the time I've spent mangling some boxwoods @ my mom's to stay confined to the tiny space in which they were planted by the previous owner about 40 yrs ago, right by the plumbing for one of the bathrooms.


A very good source of dinky trees and shrubs is Two Green Thumbs - https://twogreenthumbs.com/col...
They have other stuff also, but their stock of mini trees and shrubs really is excellent, and they ship everything very carefully. I've gotten half a dozen things from them and there's never a bit of damage.

I'll keep trying until nothing else dies on me!

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