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)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
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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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👀😁😂 - SMILE! -☺😎☻☮👌✌∞☯🐣🐦🐔🐝🍯🐾
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
👒🎄👣🏡🍃🍂🌾🌿🍁❦❧ 🍃🍁🍂🌾🌻🌸🌼🌹🌽❀☀🌺
☕👓 The only way to succeed is to try.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Oct 28, 2017 4:10 PM CST
They have! Thumbs up

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