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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Time for Fairy Gardens?

Posted Sunday, April 2, 2017, at 10:28 AM
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  • One of our readers, HP mentioned that Old Time Pottery has a Fairy Garden section. Thanks.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Apr 2, 2017, at 4:12 PM
  • We missed an opportunity to show off the garden club! Today is pet and fun day at the ag ctr in Shelbyville! Its all free and lots of people. Maybe next year we can be ready to participate! It's runs from 10 until 2 if you want to check it out. hp

    -- Posted by horsepoopperson on Sat, Apr 8, 2017, at 8:47 AM
  • Hope someone was able to make it. I was working what will probably become my full time job soon, sourcing at an auction and yard sales.

    Did not score too well. Seems as if everyone was "hungry" from he Winter's layoff of auctions and were willing to pay more than me. Hope it is not a long-term thing. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Apr 9, 2017, at 4:50 PM
  • My wife has built a nice fairy garden but the neighbors chickens seem bent on destroying it. They may not survive the effort.

    -- Posted by devan on Tue, Apr 25, 2017, at 5:53 PM
  • That has got to be disappointing. One of our dogs has a tendency to check new things out and there is nothing gentle about her gardening.

    There are all sorts of possible solutions on the net, but I only know of two that work most of the time. (short of having them for dinner or your neighbor locking them up) Both are unsightly and that does not sit well for a Fairy Garden which is for viewing.

    Do they bother other gardens or is the Fairy Garden your only one?

    The obvious chicken fence is the worst. The less obvious and one that might be able to be removed after a while is to cut chicken wire the shape of the open ground area and anchor it on top of some rocks or small bricks so it is 2" off the ground.

    They won't be able to pick at insects underneath since 2" is usually beyond their beak and they can't scratch. Eventually, they should move on, but they roam and could rediscover the garden.

    I used the suspended chicken wire for my dog and it worked but it was keeping ME out too. I did not want to have to raise and reset it each time I did weeding or maintenance.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 26, 2017, at 9:07 AM
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