Decorating Your Pacific Northwest Fairy Garden

Decorating Your Pacific Northwest Fairy Garden - Greenwood HardwarePutting together a fairy garden is a fun activity from which the kids will get a real thrill. It is all about decorating your own little miniature village with whimsical furniture that makes you feel as if you are living in a forest wonderland! Adults will love to revisit their childhood fantasies of chasing fairies and looking for woodland creatures that were so prominent in the movies. You can make just about anything your mind can envision.

You can buy kits to make your fairy garden or personalize your garden with handmade decorations. Here are a few ideas to help get your creative wheels turning.

Bench

Imagine your woodland creatures sitting on a bench set deep into the forest. You can make a bench out of some Popsicle sticks or use twigs. You will need some wood glue to bind the twigs or sticks together to form your bench and attach the legs.

Mushrooms

Pick up some drawer knobs and paint to make pretty mushrooms for your garden. Paint the knobs reds and add dots of white. Stand the knobs up to create whimsical mushrooms. You can choose any color you like to make your garden a little more personalized.

Fairy Houses

A little wood glue and small twigs are the perfect tools to build your fairies little homes. Paint the sticks if you want a colorful garden. Attach a small washer to some fishing line and hang it from one of your plants to create a tire swing for the inhabitants of the garden. Use small bolt nuts to create a shiny pathway to the front door of the home.

Wishing Well

Stack and glue some large bolt nuts together to create a wishing well. Surround the well with some pretty sand or pebbles. A small bit of wire can be used to create an arch over the well with a bucket made from a thimble attached.

Peat Moss

Peat moss is an excellent way to create ground cover in your garden. It is decorative and can help keep some of your more sensitive plants moist in between each watering. Your garden will likely include ferns and mosses that need to stay moist in order to give you that look of being deep in a forest.

Have fun with your garden and let your imagination run free. Visit Greenwood Hardware and spend some time browsing the aisles. You never know what your creative genius will come up with! Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up knobs, paint, wood glue, washers and bolts, and wire, and don’t forget to upcycle items currently around your house! Come on in, or contact us today.

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Fairy Gardens for the Pacific Northwest Gardener

Fairy Gardens for the Pacific Northwest Gardener - Greenwood Hardware

The latest trend in the garden world is something known as a fairy garden. The whimsical gardens are an attractive addition to a deck, patio or even set right in the middle of an existing flower bed. The miniature gardens are designed to look like a fantasy world complete with gnomes, fairies and everything you would expect to see in a little village. If you would like to give fairy gardening a try, you will want to stop by Greenwood Hardware to pick up your supplies before you get started.

Fairy gardens are an excellent project to do with the kids. Their little imaginations can run wild as they create tiny villages in the midst of flowers and other plants. The gardens are built in containers. You can choose the size, color and style of your container. Adding some paint and personalizing the container further is an excellent idea. The garden will be a huge attraction for visitors as they follow paths through the garden and marvel over the detail you have added.

Next, you will want to pick up some gravel to line the bottom of the container, then a layer of potting soil. Now, the fun part—picking the plants and flowers. The idea is to create a bit of a forest scene by using small plants. Pretty baby’s breath makes for a nice, lush ground cover. A pretty flower can be transformed into a blooming tree. Adding tiny sticks for fallen logs helps add to the scene. You can choose to make your own furnishings, like bridges, houses and little park benches using a variety of materials. Roaming the aisles of the hardware store is sure to spark some ideas. Visiting Pinterest is another way to get inspired.

These little gardens are so much fun, and you can add various plants and flowers to match the seasons and holidays, so it never gets old and stale. In the winter, you can bring the container indoors and use various houseplants to create your fairy garden. Head into Greenwood Hardware with your imagination and pick up a planter and some potting soil, then upcycle items currently around the house or head to your local craft store for the rest! Come on in, or contact us today.

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Composting in the Pacific Northwest

Composting in the Pacific Northwest - Greenwood HardwareOrganic gardening continues its rise in popularity as more people strive to eat healthier. The elimination of chemical fertilizers and soil additions is one of the most important parts of organic gardening. Compost is regularly used in place of those various additives without fear of harmful side effects. It is much more environmentally friendly and economical to use compost in the garden. At Greenwood Hardware, we strive to make our little corner of the northwest a little greener by offering organic and environmentally-friendly solutions.

In the Pacific Northwest, recycling is a way of life. Everything has a place. This means composting isn’t going to be a big change in pace for folks around here. Tossing kitchen waste, newspapers, leaves and grass clippings into a compost bin and letting it break down for several months takes almost no effort at all. You will be keeping more waste out of the landfills and helping out your garden, trees and even your flower beds. Compost is the perfect solution for the urban gardener.

You can buy a compost tumbler that keeps everything neat and tidy. About once a week or so,  you will need to go out and give the tumbler a few spins to help aerate the waste inside so it can break down evenly. This is an excellent way to contain the odor that can sometimes occur with the organic breakdown process. If you are not too excited about making your own compost,  you can buy it in bags. This makes it quick and easy for you to feed the soil without waiting several months.

If you are not sold on compost or maybe you are hesitant to add what is originally garbage to your soil, here are some good reasons you will want to get into composting.

  • Compost helps build the soil
  • Composting is earth friendly
  • You can skip fertilizers
  • Your plants will be healthy without chemicals
  • Saves money on fertilizers
  • Reduces the amount of water your plants need
  • Compost doesn’t get washed away like fertilizers

You can visit Greenwood Hardware to buy bags of organic compost to help liven up your lawn and garden without hurting the soil or potentially harming yourself. Come on in, or contact us today.