Get the Inside Scoop on Miniature Gardens
It is December and in the Northern hemisphere most gardens are sleeping but a child’s dream of being outside is still very much awake. So how can you make tiny gardeners dreams come true? Simple, bring the outdoors indoors. Keeping little hands busy and keeping their minds active is easy when you put them to work on their own indoor garden projects.
1. Making a miniature garden that kids can tend is as simple as purchasing a few small pots of indoor plants and flowers and clustering them together in one area, African violets, cyclamen, hibiscus and orchids are great choices and have color and yummy aromas which kids love. Choose a container and fill it with succulents, add pebbles and rocks for a southwestern feel that will definitely bring some sunshine into a winter home. Avoid prickly cacti or little hands could get hurt when looking after their garden, stick to aloe plants and smooth leafed desert cacti; the great news about succulents is that they are hardy, low maintenance and look interesting, a triple whammy of miniature cool.
2. Growing a garden from a seed is always a winner with kids and can be a magical experience; it opens up a wonderful opportunity to teach kids all about where food comes from and the importance of looking after our planet. Make a sign with their name on their mini vegetable patch and you could put a miniature scarecrow on it to add to the fun. As the plants grow, so will the joy that kids get from tending to their indoor plot. An indoor herb garden is a great idea as well and all you need is a window ledge and some light and you are in the miniature gardening business, which means big fun for kids.
3. Fast growing plants are a fun choice for kids as they love to watch things unfold before their eyes, so plant some fern and ivy and see some big happenings in their mini indoor plot.
4. Growing a mini tropical garden is as easy as picking a coconut. Plant some miniature bamboo, miniature palm trees and aromatic orchids to make a tropical jungle garden; add some toy monkeys and parrots to make your jungle come to life. What better way to cheer up a cold, winter day for a kid than visiting their own tropical paradise.
Miniature gardens mean giant fun for kids and winter will seem a little warmer as you watch joy grow.