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I am not a great gardener. Gardening was not a hobby my mother enjoyed so I had no exposure to the delights of growing my own flowers and food until much later in life. I have only recently enjoyed limited gardening success and I wanted to share this joy and developing skill with my daughters. Thankfully, almost 16 years of experience as a mother equipped me with some important information about working with children that I took into consideration when planning our first gardening project together.
- Kids are impatient. Planting bulbs that would bloom months from now was out of the question.
- Kids love looking for things. I took my children’s love of Hide-and-Seek and Scavenger Hunting into account.
- Kids like to be given control sometimes. I needed a project that they could take the lead on.
Several of my friends recommended The Gro Project from Miracle-Gro. I really liked the toyrarium, but wanted to do something more feminine and that would keep us outdoors for awhile so I had to come up with something on my own. I realized the perfect project would be to let the girls create a Fairy Garden.
First, I gave them a gardening bowl filled with Moisture Control Potting Mix.
Next, I told them they could use any supplies they wanted to create a garden retreat for fairies, as long as the items came from nature.
The girls quickly went about gathering pebbles, mulch, flowers, pine cones, leaves, and sticks. They used the pebbles to outline a walkway, mulch to create a fence, sticks to make a bench, and everything else to decorate the garden.
Here is the end result:
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