Thursday, May 3, 2012

Miniature Gardening With Herbs

Did you think I was kidding when I said I was really getting into this miniature gardening thing?  Well, I wasn't.  My first one was so much fun that now I've gone at it again with a container of herbs. And I can't wait for some of you fellow mini garden enthusiasts to see it.

So here are all the little details:  After a search for just the right container, I finally came across this drink tub with a stand at my local grocery store, and I knew it was just what I needed.  Never mind that it screamed "COLD DRINKS" on the side, because I knew I could turn that side to face the wall.

So, I added some chunks of styrofoam into the bottom of the tub for drainage since I did not want to drill holes.

Then, I filled it the rest of the way with potting soil...

Next came my favorite herbs...

Then it was time to put up the fence, which came in a pack of 5 little pieces from the doll house section at Hobby Lobby.  A little white craft paint made them just right.

Next, my miniature assistant put in the stone path for me.  (She loves this job!)

Then, we just added our other accessories.  The little wheelbarrow also came from Hobby Lobby, and it begged me to paint it red.

The little green bike came from here, and the bridge came from here.

The link for the lantern is here.  I made the hook for the lantern the same way I did for the hanging baskets here.

And since I have to add a chalkboard label to pretty much everything in this house that doesn't move, I used another one of my popular wall plate ones with a magnet glued onto the back as a finishing touch.
(Click here for the tutorial on the labels, or click here to purchase some from my shop!)

Hope y'all like it!  
Have you done a miniature garden yet?  
I'd love to see it!

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  1. That looks great, Julie! I love all the miniatures you added in here. I'm sure this must be a fun project to have kids help out on, too. I haven't done anything yet ~ I need to find a good spot to put mine and decide on what plants to get for it first.

  2. That is so cute! It looks great and I bet it smells great too :)

  3. It is just darling. I love all the tiny things you found to make it so cute. The bike is the best. Very cheery to look at and the herbs will be great in your recipes:)

  4. I LOVE this!!! You have inspired me, I've been wanting to do another herb garden and this is adorable!!!

  5. This is exactly what my front porch needs!

  6. Absolutely, stinkin' adorable! and you've inspired me to give it a go!

  7. That is the cutest thing ever! What a fun way to garden with your favorite girl.

  8. Oh, Julie, this is so cute and perfect idea for herbs.
    Mary Alice

  9. I love this! My favorite thing is the little red wagon. My 7 yr. old little girl would love to help me do this! Thanks for such a fun idea!


  10. Glad your little girlfriend could help! May your garden thrive!

  11. This is just darling - i am going to show my kids this to see if they would be up for creating something similar! I hope you share your post over at Fishtail Cottage's garden party? love it! xoox, tracie

  12. I love love love this! This is sooo cute! I should try this one sometime!

    There is a link party going on in my blog today. I would LOVE for you to share this :)


  13. You did a great job. A friend and I were at a sale today loooking at things to do little gardens that we have been wanting to make. Love yours.

  14. I've been wanting to do a miniature garden (or fairy garden) for a while now. I'd never though of using herbs. What a fantastic idea and adorable garden!

  15. One of my friends sent me a link to your blog so I could see your fairy garden. It's adorable! I'm off to Hobby Lobby tomorrow to get some of the items you talked about. Please visit my blog to see my garden I made this past weekend in an old Radio Flyer wagon.

  16. This is just too stinkin' cute!!! Love it! I saw my first miniatures at the Lucketts Design House, in Lucketts, VA the day before Easter. I thought it was so cute and what child (regardless of age) or grandchild wouldn't love to help put one of these together! Just really love this! Thanks so much for sharing!

  17. Julie: I hope you don't mind, but I blogged about miniature gardens today and I used one of your pictures giving you full credit for the pic and directing my readers to check out your blog. I was just smitten with this post of yours! Wish I lived closer to my grandkids so we could create one of these gardens together this weekend. I may try to do that with them the next time I visit. Check it out:

    Thank you so much and I hope you don't mind.

  18. Love it ! Very cute wagon. I hope you'll stop by and see my fairy gardens sometime !

  19. Aw grrreat!! I love me some tiny, and this just takes it to a whole nother level!! I love this! And I'm sooo going to try it:) Thanks Julie!!

  20. I love miniature gardens and the idea of making an herb garden is a great idea. I tried to purchase the miniature pieces from Amazon but they are out of stock now but hopefully they will restock soon. I can't wait! Do you have a Facebook page?

  21. This is just so sweet!! I would be playing with it all day long. How adorable. What a wonderful idea.


  22. This just makes me smile! I love the imagination and makes it so much more fun than just herbs!

    I am sharing on my FB page!

  23. I love your special herb garden!! And the chalkboard tag idea is so smart!!
    We spruced up our herb garden last year with miniatures after being so into fairy gardening.

  24. Hi, I loved this so much, I featured it on my blog today.

  25. Can you share which grocery store was selling that cold drinks tub? I must have one!!

    1. That came from Ingles, which is a chain here in the Southeast. I have also seen these tubs at Ross recently. Hope you find one!

  26. This is the best thing EEEEEEVVVVEEERRRR! I just love the idea. I'm thinking of making one and putting it inside. Your thoughts? It looks as if you put yours outside on a patio? It's snowy here in Jersey. I mean REALLY SNOWY. I'm quite over it and want some fresh herbs at home. I'll let you know how it goes and will send pics of how I decorate mine. Thanks again.


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