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A Miniature Marian Garden

A Miniature Marian Garden

The Kansas winds have blown  spring in and we have been working in our raised bed gardens planting what will hopefully keep us in fresh vegetables for a good portion of the summer. This year with the birth of baby #4 we decided to scale our garden back to the basics: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and flowers.  After we had completed planting the garden and our flower pots I realized that we easily had enough left over to make a small Marian garden in a planter base I already had.

A Miniature Marian Garden

For this project you will need:

  • “Mama Mary,” as we like to call her.  We picked up a holy water font from our chapel gift shop!
  • A planter base.  Mine is a 13″ terra cotta. 
  • Some potting soil.
  • Flowers for full sun. 
  • Mulch or Rocks to keep your soil in place.
  • (A good helper never hurts either!)

A Miniature Marian Garden

First, start by filling your tray with potting soil.

A Miniature Marian Garden

Add Mary and secure her.  Since our statue was a holy water font we filled the base with soil to help hold her in place.  She should be standing about 1/3rd of the way back into the planter with 2/3rd’s remaining behind her.

A Miniature Marian Garden

Select the plants that you want and set them in place on top of the soil to get an idea of how many you will need and the spacing to allow for planting.  We ended up using (1) grassy plant, (4) petunias, and (3) small flowers.

A Miniature Marian Garden

Get your gloves on and plant them!  All of our kids thoroughly enjoy planting!

A Miniature Marian Garden

We added pebbles to help keep the soil in place when we water. 

A Miniature Marian Garden

Watering is the fun part!  There may or may not have been an argument going on about *who* got to do the honors for this photo.  🙂

A Miniature Marian Garden

So pretty!

A Miniature Marian Garden

The kids loved this simple garden project and want to keep it for their own!  I think I have convinced them however to give it as a Mother’s Day gift to my spiritual mother, Barbara.  I have never known what to get her for Mother’s Day and I am certain that she will love this surprise! 

 

Have you thought about Mother’s Day gifts yet?  You have time to get one (or more!) of these done for this weekend!  I would love to see yours if you make one… be sure to comment with a photo if you do! 

 

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  • Lorelei - This is so adorable. My family and I live in an apartment, so I thought planting a Marian garden was out of reach for us this year. I can’t wait to spruce up a patio planter with my son!May 2, 2016 – 11:06 amReplyCancel

  • Maeghan Nelson Miller - I love this. Where in Kansas are you? We are in KC, MO but my husbands family is from Newton, KS. We still come visit the farm there and St. Mary’s Parish on a regular basis.May 2, 2016 – 10:26 pmReplyCancel

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