Fairy Garden Terrarium--A #MiracleGroProject #ad

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Recently, I've been looking for ways to help my daughters understand how plants grow. The only problem is in my house, plants tend to have a short life span. We have plants outside, but not inside because our cats try to eat everything!

When I checked out Miracle-Gro's The Gro Project , I was excited to see the perfect project for growing some plants inside. This is a compilation of fun garden projects that are easy to start and maintain. Here's a little more information about The Gro Project:

The Toyarium project caught my eye, in particular. You see, since we came back from Walt Disney World, all my daughters have been fascinated with Tinkerbell. I think that in the past 4 weeks, we have watched each of the 4 Tinkerbell movies 4 or 5 times. I may be able to quote them all in a couple more weeks if this keeps up. Lil Bit has long loved Tinkerbell (we have a lot of Tinkerbell decor in her room) but the twins started their fascination about Tinkerbell after they met her at Magic Kingdom.

But a terrarium using toys...this would incorporate my daughters' fascination with fairies and an opportunity to have plants in the house--and protecting them from the cats. So I'm calling my version of the Toyarium...The Fairy Garden Terrarium. The best part--my 5 year old was able to help me make this!

You need the following:
Succulents or cacti
Glass container (like a fish bowl or a vase)
Plastic Toys (I used fairies--Tinkerbell and Terrence that we had on hand)
Rocks (I used some glass and other pebbles I had on hand)
Also, you might want to think about how to "accessorize"--things to make pretend grass or garden paths

Here's how you make it:
  • Cover the bottom of the container with a layer of rocks.

  • Fill it about 1/3 full with potting mix.

  • Use the spoon to plant succulents in the potting mix, adding more mix to create your landscape. You want to kind of clump the plants together so that you can place your toys in the next step.

  • Set the scene with your toys. We added some green glass chips to look like grass (and be sparkly), but you could do anything to accessorize! Sprinkling the glass chips was the perfect task for my five-year-old.
  • Be careful not to overwater! Succulents don't need much water at all. Use a spritzer to moisten only when it gets very dry. The Moisture Control Potting Mix is perfect to keep control of the moisture...and help out when I forget to water the plants, since it's been a while since we hosted a house plant! I love that this potting mix has plant food in it too, but when it's time to feed those fairy plants again. we'll use some Shake’n Feed All Purpose Plant Food to keep them looking like they just came from Pixie Hollow!
  • Watch as your children immediately are drawn to this terrarium--I had to keep reminding the twins that they shouldn't touch  the glass vase as they jabbered away at Tinkerbell and Terrence!

I loved all of the ideas that I found at Miracle-Gro's facebook and pinterest pages. If you're looking at a way to inexpensively start a new garden story, this is definitely a resource you should check out. Also, if you're looking to research how to take care of your plants, check out the Miracle-Gro website, too--they have the answers you need to solve garden problems and find all the right products to suit your needs.



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