If you love fairy and miniature gardens, this mini kitchen garden DIY project is for you. See how you can grow real, tiny veggie plants in a little picket fence garden.
If you are looking for plants for a miniature garden, these are the ones that an expert mini gardener recommends.
This excerpt from Miniature Gardens: Design and create miniature fairy gardens, dish gardens, terrariums and more—indoors and out by Katie Elzer-Peters is used by permission from Quarto Publishing Group USA who also provided a review copy of this book.
DIY Mini-Kitchen Garden
The key to a charming miniature garden is the proper use of scale. In other words, making sure that your accessories look right in proportion to one another. There is a useful illustration of this on this post about choosing plants for your miniature garden.
Materials for Mini-Kitchen Garden
Many mini-gardens require little to no care, other than adding or changing accessories, once they’ve been planted. If you want to actually “tend” a little garden, this is the project for you. The Mini-Kitchen Garden uses herbs such as parsley and sage for the “trees” and polka dot plants (non-edible) for shrubs.
Inside the tiny picket fence, there’s a pot-within-a-pot where you can plant seeds for microgreens. You can buy microgreens at the store or at a farmer’s market, but they’re expensive. My favorite accessory in this garden is the clothesline that holds the “Vegetables for Sale” sign. It was handmade by an Etsy artist, but was too large, in scale, for the other projects in this book. It blends perfectly with the rustic container for this garden.
- White picket fence
- Miniature garden cloches
- Handmade ladybug clothesline
- Watering cans
- Tiny loppers (hedge trimmers)
- Terra cotta pots
- Long-handled garden tools
- Potting bench
Plant your miniature kitchen garden with herbs.
Beets, turnips, mustard, and beans are all easy to grow as microgreens.
Select herbs to use as trees and shrubs in this miniature garden. Instead of the polka dot plant (used for shrubs in front of the fence), you could also plant thyme. I didn’t plant the chives because the container was too small, but they work well as indoor herbs and have a nice “grassy” look.
This container is a wooden basket made from branches coiled and nailed together. It has a slice of wood for the base. It’s quite sturdy; even when planted, you can still carry the garden around by the handle. You could also use an old suitcase as shown here.
You could plant a kitchen garden like this in any basket, as long as you put a plastic liner in it to hold the soil. A handle makes the garden easy to move around.
Use sterilized soilless seedling mix for this miniature garden to ensure quick germination of the microgreen seeds while avoiding fungal problems.
More Miniature Garden Ideas
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by Katie Elzer-Peters
DIY mini garden projects in this book include:
- Indoor and outdoor miniature and fairy gardens with a variety of themes including the wild west, backyard poolscape, mini-kitchen garden, and garden at the beach.
- Miniature terrariums and aeriums