- bottle (I used a round, flat wine bottle - the bigger the opening, the easier your job)
- soil (I used dried pellets and soaked them in the bottle)
- plants suitable for bottle gardens (I used thyme and ivy)
- pebbles or similar (optional)
- lego figure (definitely optional!)
- wooden kebab sticks or other long, poky things
- kitchen towels
Insert soil (in my case, dry pellets broken free from netting), and water (if using pellets - you'll need less than you think!). Divide plants to the point that they can be inserted into bottle, then abuse the poor things by squishing and prodding them as gently as possible......once in, use kebab sticks (gently bend them if necessary) to 'fluff up' plants and get roots into soil. Insert pebbles and arrange. If necessary, let water run gently down the inside of bottle to wash away dirt, then wrap a kebab stick into kitchen towels to soak up excess via capillary action. A lego figure will fit into a standard wine bottle opening with arms raised and a good squish (explain to your child in advance that the lego figure will have to live in the garden indefinitely *before* inserted ;) ).
Jars work, too, of course!!