A fairy garden is a small garden of plants and decor made to look as if fairies were actually living there. If you’re anything like me then you’ve always admired the idea and look of fairy gardens but have never had one of your own. Well, here’s how to do it with succulents and a wheelbarrow!
What you need:
- Wheelbarrow (use a second-hand or old one to cut costs)
- Drill (don’t worry! Nothing more than a few holes!)
- Fairy garden decor (pebbles, fairies, other ornaments)
What to do:
Drill drainage holes in your wheelbarrow, or in my case, ask Dad to drill some holes for you. Succulents require adequate drainage as their leaves store water, if the soil is holding onto too much moisture root rot could be a possibility. If the base of your wheelbarrow lays flat you can drill several holes evenly around the bottom. If your wheelbarrow is like mine and is on an angle, drill your holes where the water will flow to.
- Cover the bottom of your wheelbarrow with rocks. This is also to help with drainage to prevent water from sitting at the bottom of the wheel barrow.
TIP: If you don’t have any rocks around and don’t want to buy some you can tear up a styrofoam box and use this as a substitute!
- Fill your wheelbarrow about 2/3rd of the way with soil. I have used equal parts of succulent & cacti mix and loam. Either can be used separately but I prefer to mix them together. It is important to use a soil that allows drainage, something such as regular potting mix will hold onto too much moisture.
- Place your plants around until you have decided on your preferred placement. Remember to leave room for ornaments. It may be beneficial to draw out your fairy garden to help visualise what should go where. I however prefer to do things as I go and just went for it.
NOTE: Remember to choose plants based on where your wheelbarrow will be placed, mine is receiving full sun, therefore, the plants I have chosen require full sun.
- Plant your succulents! Fill the wheelbarrow with soil, leaving a few inches of space at the top, you don’t want it to overflow when watering.
- Place your pebbles on top of the soil. I chose to use blue pebbles to imitate the look of water and mixed silver and gold pebbles to fill the rest of the space.
- Now for the best part! Finish off your fairy garden by adding in your ornaments! Most garden centres carry these types of ornaments or they can be found online, I did however find that most ornaments from places such as eBay where quite small compared to ones carried in stores.
- Last but not least water your plants according to where you live, your personal plant choices and positioning of wheelbarrow. I water mine about every three days.
Enjoy making your very own fairy garden!