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Beat that quarantine boredom with this easy-to-do mini-garden

By Angela Casco

A week into the community lockdown, you—much like everyone else in the world—are probably struggling with how life has suddenly become idle.

While boredom feeds the temptation to go out, it’s best not to, especially if you have non-essential work. The least you can do is find indoor activities that will keep you occupied, one of which can be incorporating greenery (and introducing more oxygen) into your space through a mini-garden.

Mini Garden C

This type of gardening focuses on growing plants on a small scale. It can be as small as the palm of your hand, and usually requires creativity and attention to detail.

Mini Garden A

With plenty of time in your hands, you can now start that garden you always dream to have. Just find a flower pot you don’t use anymore, soil, tiny plants, and natural decorative materials. Here’s how you can start your mini-garden project.

Before doing anything with your materials, it’s best to sketch first what you want your mini-garden to look like (if you don’t have an idea, check online for sketches). Decide which plant goes where. Illustrate what decorative items will look best with what you have in mind. Remember that this is a miniature version of a garden so every bit of space should be maximized.

Fill the flower pot with soil just enough to leave space about an inch from the top and start planting your greenery of choice.

Succulents like cacti are a safe option for this type of gardening, especially for first-timers. Apart from requiring zero to no maintenance, these are affordable, too, with some selling for as low as P25. You can also go for leafy tiny plants, too, like the golden Japanese stonecrop and wood sorrel.

Just make sure to gently pull the plant’s roots apart before pressing and firming the soil around it. You can choose to add moss, too, which can serve as the mini-garden’s base.

Now for the fun part, you can start decorating the mini-garden with as many natural elements as possible. This includes, but not limited to, small pebbles, twigs, bits of bark, and tiny leaves. You can also include small figurines and mini furniture like a bench using tiny pieces of wood.

Much like designing houses or normal gardens, imagination’s the limit. With space limitation, though, it’s important to keep the mini-garden from looking too crowded. Decorate in moderation and remember to work around what plants are in your pot.

After you are finished, put the mini-garden in a lighted area and make sure that it receives some TLC from you.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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