To make a clearing for forest fairies, you need to take a plastic container for seedlings, like this:
This option is chosen because of its mobility and the ability to create compositions without waiting until you are ready to implement it in the garden-in my case, this training can take much longer, too sad to work with… well, then, this container can be easily placed in the chosen place in the same way as garden ponds are built on the basis of plastic forms. Edges to hide turf, moss, and rocks.
Since we are not building a pond, but a garden, we need water
So we need to keep the water out of the tank. To do this, drill a hole in the bottom to drain the excess from it:
Additionally, they arrange drainage, generously pouring expanded clay on the bottom.
The root system of the moss is shallow, so deep soil is not required. I chose peat soil for my flower fields: it absorbs enough moisture and corresponds to the base on which most mosses feel good. On top of the expanded clay, we pour the soil on top, and form a relief: we outline a hill and a place for a pond.
The tank was based on a transparent plastic lid from a large cup of ice cream.
Then it remains only to moisten the soil with a spray gun — and create… By the way, it turned out that moss is very convenient to put a plastic fork for canapes. I have this” tool ” usually used to collect small seedlings, on pieces of moss, especially between the stones, it is very convenient to lay it.
The dense pieces of moss that had fallen from the roof, I soaked well before attaching to the wet soil. Green “bumps” with bright, contrasting peduncles are very picturesque:
In general, because of the different textures and colors of moss, you can create different effects by combining different types together. And the stones perfectly complement the composition.
I made winding paths out of flat stones, filling the space between them with small fragments of fur that mimicked forest grass.:
The old beads made a bed of forest flowers:
I thought about the furniture for quite a long time, going through various options. It is clear that for such a clearing you need some kind of bench or chair-but which one?
First, there was an option with a plywood bench from a set of prefabricated furniture of the desired size. But Briophita was clearly asking for something else. Remembering the idea of using chopsticks for sushi, I was going to build a building out of them… But in the end, I decided that there should be a stump in the forest clearing!
I had a branch from an old apple tree covered with lichen. Well, when I began to saw off the stump, the idea finally took shape: a piece of a sawn branch is not completely cut off, but torn off — and now the forest chair is ready!
From scraps of thin branches, a dead tree and a “beam” with a lace pattern of lichen turned out:
The final stage is the design of the pond. I filled the bottom of the tank with sand, and then carefully placed the small stones. The idea was to glue the pebbles to the bottom, but so far they hold up well, and if anything, it’s never too late to glue them. Over time, the moss will take root, grow, and eventually hide at the edge of the base.
It remains only to carefully pour the water.
My daughter approved my work :)) Now we were planning together to build another cozy playground for garden fairies. Experience has convinced me that ideas come and are adjusted in the process of creativity. The initial plan should be refined, but some new materials come across that throw up new ideas…