Landscaping A Fairy Land With Edible And Medicinal Plants

 

Welcome to Fairy Ville!

My children and I had so much fun planting this lovely artful play land together and filling it with edible and medicinal herbs.

It all started with the wasted space underneath our swing set.  It was a place that begged for fun but was let alone to become over grown with grass and weeds.

We planned to build our fairy land in the Spring but I couldn’t figure out away to eliminate the weeds and grass without herbicides and I just couldn’t bear to spray poison on the Earth.  Finally I found about using vinegar to get rid of weeds.  That is right ~ straight vinegar does the trick!  We bought a couple of gallons of plain white vinegar at the store and used a watering can to sprinkle in on during a hot, dry day.


With in 24 hours the grass and weeds were brown.  I wish I had pictures to share but I seem to have misplaced them.

Next we covered the area in weed cloth, added some dirt and the fun began!

 

Our happy garden is planted with beautiful helpful plants.  We chose some of our favorites especially those plants that we could get close to fairy size.  Here is what we planted:

For munching on ~

  • A Peppermint Forest
  • Thyme patches both lemon and the common creeping varieties
  • Lemon Balm Hedges
  • Borage and Marigold Trees
  • Snapdragon Bushes, not the tastiest but so fun to play with!
  • Nasturtium Seeds for vining up our Fairy Star

For harvesting to make into medicines ~

  • A Chamomile patch
  • Scullcap Trees
  • Seeds of California Poppy
  • A patch of Self Heal

And our garden ally ~

  • Santolina next to the pond to reply insects.

We have plans to add to our garden over time and through the seasons.  We would love to plant a miniature rose, bulbs for the Spring and maybe some wee baby pumpkins for a Fall harvest.  Plus our dream is to one day have royalty move in when we get our very own castle.

Below is a collection of photos of our garden.  Enjoy!

♥  Here is the first stage of construction.  Our little houses have been placed; the garden bed for our California Poppy seeds is set, a pond is ready for playing in; and the Fairy Star has found a home at the back of Fairy Vill.  We planted nasturtium seeds around the star which we look forward to providing us with beautiful, peppery flowers to snack on!

♥  My eldest daughter had a blast added paths and fences.  Here you can see the seeds we planted in our garden bed and around the star are already sprouting.

♥  A Mermaid is resting in the fairy pond.  We added  a jumping log for lots of great fun playing in the water.

♥  Here is a fairy resting in a patch of chamomile which smells delightfully of apples.  This is my favorite place in the garden.   Just wish I was small enough to hang out there with her!

♥  We added a bistro set for tea parties.

♥  Somebody has been gardening and collecting grapes from our nearby vine in the garden.

♥  Hammocks for tired fairies.  We made these out of felt scrapes and chenille stems.  The hammocks are suspended between tall marigolds.

♥  We added a basket up high on one of swing set supports and new fairy family moved in right away!

♥  Baby fairy learning how to ride a bike.

♥  Our neighborhood dragon is taking his morning bath.

♥  Cooking for the fairies with tasty pansy flowers.

♥  Serving the delicious, beautiful food.

♥ Remi the horse is feasting on a patch of thyme, yummy!

We had a lot of the things we used to decorate/make our Fairy Land hanging around the house.  I also found some things in the garden display at Hobby Lobby.  We purchase the fairies at Michaels.  And found the little tiny fairy things like the bistro set at  Miniature Garden Shoppe because, well, I couldn’t help myself!

Thanks for visiting!

Please note many plants are toxic and can cause harm if ingested.  It is important for children to know that they should never, ever eat a plant unless they have permission from an adult.

A Warm Drink For Easing Back Into School

Lucky am I, my kids love school.  We have a wonderful local school for them to attend with caring attentive teachers, excellent technical resources and lots of friends.  One of my kids loves school so much that she bounced into the car as we headed home from the last day of school and immediately asked, “Can we go back to school shopping?”

Even so, about two weeks before school is set to start I can feel it creeping in… anticipation and unrest.  My kids are ready for and looking forward to school but nervous.  And let’s face it, waiting for anything can be tough.   We have had everything from nervous upset tummies to sleep disturbances to the daytime crazies.  This year to help ease the transition we are all drinking a calming infusion of wonderful herbs and it seems to be keeping things in check.  Everyone is a bit calmer and sleeping well at the moment.  And Mommy is also keeping her cool.

This infusion (strong tea) nourishes the nervous system, calms digestion, encourages restful sleep and eases stress.  It is simple and easy to make with a bit of forethought.  Really any combination of these herbs would work great.  I use dried herbs but fresh would work fine though you may wish to increase the amount you infuse as dried herbs are more potent than fresh.

Ingredients:

  • Oat Straw
  • Oat Seed
  • Chamomile Blossoms
  • St. John’s Wort Flowers

I make this infusion in 2 parts because oat straw and oat seed need to be infused for a long time to bring out their nourishing properties, vitamins and minerals.  While the chamomile becomes bitter when steeped to long and the St John can become a bit strong in my opinion.

Instructions:  Place a  palmful each of oat straw and oat seed to a quart jar.  Fill the jar half way with hot water.  Let sit for 4 to 8 hours.  I start this in the morning when I am making breakfast.  Then strain the resulting liquid into another jar or tea pot and add a palmful each of chamomile and St. John’s wort to the quart jar.  Fill again half way with hot water and put a lid on top to keep the chamomile’s essential oil from escaping.  Let sit for 3 to 6 minutes, no more as it will get bitter.  Strain into the container holding your oat straw/seed infusion.  I add a little bit of honey, maybe a 1/2 teaspoon (more or less to taste), to the infusion and serve it at the dinner table in fancy tea cups.

The result is a mild flowery tasting tea calming to the nerves that my kids love!

About the herbs in your tea:

  • Oat Straw and Oat Straw~  Often used as a long-term nervous system tonic, oats are extremely nourishing to frazzled nervous.  They ease stress, irritability and anxiety.
  • Chamomile Blossoms ~ Chamomile is soothing for the nerves and supports healthy digestion easing that nervous tummy some kids get.  It is high in vitamins and minerals which strengthen the nervous system.
  • St. John’s Wort Flowers ~  St. John’s Wort is most commonly known for its usefulness in easing depression.  I find it is also useful in easing acute stress when drunk as an infusion and something about combining it with Chamomile enhances its sunshiny properties.  My kids have responded time and again to St. John’s and Chamomile combined for nightmares and night terrors.  Please note that there are some contradictions when combining St. John’s Wort with pharmaceuticals, consult your doctor.  St. John’s Wort is also reported to increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

Enjoy and best wishes for a beautiful school year.