Bursting buds on a wee Canada Hemlock. Tsuga canadensis 'Loowit'
From the Archives, April, 2009: Bursting buds on a wee Canada Hemlock. Look to your miniature and dwarf conifers for proof that spring is finally here!

Waiting for Spring in the Miniature Garden.

~ I’ve got my fleece hoodie on, my wool socks and a hat – and I’m inside in my office. Did someone forget to order spring? I’m itching to get out in my garden and get growing! The only upside is that the plants don’t care and our spring flowers are pushing through the cold spring temperatures.

So, what to do? We need to appease our inner gardener. It’s spring. Here are some ideas to get you inspired to do some gardening – even when the weather isn’t great.

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Rain is Good

It’s really not so bad. Don your rain gear and get out in it. With your “space-suit” on and an iPhone playing your favorite music or podcast, you instantly create your very own bubble and can have a lovely time getting some much-needed chores done. Want to make the world go away? This is how you do it. Lol!

(There are a TON of free podcasts nowadays on all sorts of topics. Find the app on your phone and start exploring.)

There’s no such thing as bad weatheronly bad clothes.”

– a Scandinavian mantra

TIPS:

  • Have a couple pairs of garden gloves handy so when one pair gets wet, you can change into dry ones, and keep going.
  • Don’t work the soil when it’s completely wet, you’ll damage all the microcosms and air-pockets in the soil and make mud.
  • If the soil it too wet to work, pull weeds and clean-up your walkways and driveway.
  • Prune your shrubby perennials. If your trees are still dormant and not showing any new buds at all, you can still prune them but it really does depend upon what tree you are pruning. If you have any questions regarding any plants from our Miniature Garden Center store, email us.
  • You can clean out and organize your garden shed or your miniature garden studio. There’s nothing like puttering with the rain pattering on the roof.
  • Clean-up your containers – or do it in the rain. Put your empty pots out in the rain to get washed, and use a scrub brush or rag to wash them and rinse them in the rain.
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Divide and Share

This cold spring has given us a little more time to dig up and divide some of our perennials, if you haven’t already done so. Ground covers follow this general rule:

  • The first year they sleep,
  • the second year they creep
  • the third year they leap.

By dividing your ground covers in your miniature garden every two to three years, they’ll stay in check. AND you’ll get free plants! How awesome is that?

TIPS:

  • Plant any extra divisions in different parts of the garden to create a more cohesive, overall design.
  • Watch out for the dormant plants that you can’t see yet! Refer to your photos from last summer so you don’t accidentally dig it up or bury it.
  • Share extra plants with your neighbors, make another miniature garden, or plant them up in pots to donate to a charity plant sale later in the season.

For more about dormant plants, see our other blog, “I Know What You Did Last Summer” here.

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More from the archives, April, 2009. I can lead a snail to water, but I had not seen him drink before…!

Armchair Miniature Gardening

There is always virtual miniature gardening too! Here is a bunch of inspiration at your fingertips:

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