I am very excited about my BRAND NEW Fairy Garden Handbook! This book focuses on gardening with the fairies in mind. The book is filled with projects, helpful gardening advice, lists of flowers for fairy potions and those with a fairy purpose. Butterfly gardens, fairy garden tea parties, and planting container gardens, are just a few of the informative chapters that will make fairy lovers rejoice!
FROM THE INTRODUCTION:
Welcome to the garden. A place where something as small as a grain of sand transforms into a stunning flower. Wherever such magic exists, you can bet fairies will be near. People say that when a seed sprouts, a fairy baby is born. In fact, there’s an entire fleet of fairies devoted solely to flowers.
Perhaps you have already seen a fairy or made multiple houses in the woods for them, now is your chance to make them a garden. There are many types of fairy gardens and many possibilities for the fairy gardener due to the vast number of plants available. There are fairy gardens that also attract hummingbirds and butterflies, friends of the fairies, or gardens filled with wonderful scents that will delight a fairy’s sense of smell. A fairy garden can be grown in your yard or planted in containers, such as wheelbarrows, bathtubs, baskets, or plain old pots.
When building a fairy house, the most important rule is to use only natural materials. To bring a bunch of man-made items into the woods is basically littering. Since a fairy garden is either in a container or in a cultivated garden, you are allowed to bring on the shimmer, the sparkle, the tiny watering cans. But now that you have this freedom, don’t go crazy. Fairies still prefer natural materials, even in a garden. Always think whether a fairy would really appreciate that extra marble or if it just makes the garden look too cluttered. The most important rule as you begin your entry into the magical world of fairy gardening is to never use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides and to always garden organically. By planting a fairy garden, you are being trusted by the fairies to be a guardian of nature and anyone who is a steward of the environment will earn their blessing.
Some of you may remember when you built your very first fairy house and knew by instinct exactly how to do it. I bet you will have the same feeling with your fairy garden once you get a couple of gardening techniques down. Plus, you will probably have amazing ideas like my friend, Ian, who wanted to make a beetle stable in his fairy garden because the fairies like to get rides from beetles. The possibilities are limitless.
This book is for anyone, even if the only thing you’ve ever made in the garden is a mud-pie (there are actually two sections that rely on mud-pies). It is filled with projects and ideas for you, your family, and friends to make your yard, porch, or windowsill- a welcome landing pad for fairies. We will cover some of the basics about how to garden because there is a lot you can learn about this activity. People spend lifetimes perfecting their plots. But you are starting young and enlisting the fairies help which is a guaranteed recipe for success. And as you enter this magical domain, listen for the fairies. Listen as they share their all-important fairy code. It will make you a better gardener and person: “Be careful, neat, polite, friendly, humorous, generous, honest, kind and work hard.” Oh, and don’t forget to laugh. I mean it! Fairies love laughter.