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Little Free Libraries and Fairy Gardens

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March 24, 2019

Here in my home landscape and garden I’m always looking for interesting things to try out.  Over the past couple of years I’ve combined two ideas, a Little Free Library and Fairy Gardening. The idea of a Little Free Library is a neighborhood book exchange based on the “take a book, return a book” idea. Anyone can take a book or bring a book to share. It’s a favorite with the kids in the neighborhood. There’s a mailbox with, of course, gardening catalogs and other magazines. There’s even jigsaw puzzles. Last year I added solar lights that light up at night. Underneath the Little Free Library is where the fairy garden has been built. A fairy garden is a playful miniature garden that brings good luck to your home. They include structures, signs, hardscapes and living plants. In the past I’ve grown New Look Red celosia. Let me show you the latest fairy garden design. This year I’m sowing small marigold seed. So let’s go ahead and place the house. I think every fairy needs a little river so let’s make one using these blue glass pebbles. Now add the gazing ball, a few colorful mushrooms, a couple of birdhouses and a few other garden nick knacks. And finally the fairly who’s going to call this garden home. If you want more information on Little Free Libraries, go to littlefreelibrary. org. There’s even a Little Free Library map, maybe there’s one near you.  I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman and I’ll see you next time on southern Gardening.

Department: Coastal Research & Extension Center

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