Miniature Gnome Garden

9 Materials
$50
1 Hours
Easy

 On Earth day my kids and I decided to create a miniature gnome garden! We have all had a fascination with these small gardens and the little people that live in them. About a year ago we started collecting things, but could never decide just what to plant our miniature garden in.
miniature gnome garden
Here is what we used for our Gnome Garden:
Garden soil
1 Yellow bucket with holes drilled into the bottom
1 recycled plastic juice container
9 Plants (we ended up not using 3 of the plants pictured)
Packing peanuts (not pictured)


miniature gnome garden
Garden gnome accessories, we also used small river pebbles and one medium rock not pictured.
miniature gnome garden
First we placed the recycled plastic juice container in the center of the yellow bucket then put packing peanuts in around the juice container.
  By using the recycled plastic juice container and packing peanuts it uses less soil and makes the bucket lighter for moving around!

miniature gnome garden
Then we added a little potting soil to the top.
miniature gnome garden
We put the gnome house in the place that we wanted it to be permanently and placed plants around it. Here we are placing an Ipomoea Batatas plant that will become shad for the gnomes house.
miniature gnome garden
After we got our plants placed we removed the little gnome house and added potting soil to fill in around the plants.
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Here is all the plants in place and the bucket filled in with soil.
The plants we used are:
Alyssum
Viola
Ipomoea Batatas
Yellow Daffodil
Pansy
Saxifraga
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Then we started placing the garden gnome accessories. We moved things around several times to get just the right placement for each item.
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The finished gnome garden from the front!
We placed a medium rock under the gnome house to raise it up a little.
miniature gnome garden
Lost in the garden
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The gnome garden from the back!
After doing this we can't wait to do another one. It was so much fun and a great activity to do with kids!
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