“How do you know the plant is established?”

That is one of the more common questions that I get asked when I teach beginner-gardeners about the joy of miniature gardening.

Did you know that plants can only do one thing at a time?

Have you ever seen a plant multi-task?

Visions of plants texting, doing the laundry, having a conversation while cooking dinner come to mind, but, that’s not what I mean. :o)

One of the first photos of my new inground miniature garden. It took me years to figure out how to get growing nicely while establishing a routine to keep it weeded. The addition of the miniature lake has been a fun study in building miniature lakes too.

Plants can only do one thing at a time. When they do that one thing, they put all their energy into it. They get it done so they can move on to the next thing on their agenda: rooting, growing leaves, flower and fruiting, going to seed – all in the name of self-preservation via propagating.

While this is a very broad way of describing how plants grow, they basically do what they need to do in order to survive.

Why don’t we do that?

Gotta do something for the garden fairies! Who can resist NOT making a place for them in an inground miniature garden?

Garden as Metaphor

I’ve been struggling for years with getting an inground miniature garden together as a study project for the Miniature Garden Society. My previous attempts at our rental in West Seattle worked out wonderfully – but I didn’t document the process while we were building and maintaining them – we just enjoyed them. But, I needed to dig much deeper (punny!) for the MGS in order be any kind of help to my fellow miniature gardeners.

So, at our home that we bought in 2010, my previous attempts at trying to get something growing nicely inground always fell by the wayside. I’m supposed to be the expert!

But then I focused. I didn’t make any other miniature gardens for two seasons, I just focused on my inground garden.

And it worked. Not only do I have a very fun miniature garden world to play with and enjoy, I’ve got my insight, my process photos, my troubleshooting and the entire thing documented and, I must say, it’s going to more than a few new pages for the Miniature Garden Society.

How fun is that?

But perhaps I should have acted more like a plant.

You can reuse your miniature patio if you built it with our Mini Patio Mix Kit. Even if the patio doesn’t stay in one piece (ALL patios evenly crack, even in full size!) you can still make little vignettes in between your trees and plants. It’s the miniature accessory that tells the scale.

(See our Mini Patio Mix Kit, up on our Two Green Thumbs’ online store here.)

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