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Model Railroad Secrets - Modeling A Garden Scene

Updated on June 2, 2011

Scale Vegetable Gardens

An O scale gardener using his tiny green thumb to produce a beautiful bounty of veggies.
An O scale gardener using his tiny green thumb to produce a beautiful bounty of veggies.
Ho scale garden kit from Busch
Ho scale garden kit from Busch
HO scale garden
HO scale garden
These small vegetables can be used as lettuces or cabbages. They are a good addition for your miniature garden.
These small vegetables can be used as lettuces or cabbages. They are a good addition for your miniature garden.

Bring your homes alive with a scale veggie garden

Ever see a model railroad layout where the buildings just seem to be stuck this way and that? They don't seem belong to the scene? Well you need to give your buildings a reason to exist and bring the entire scene to life by adding details around the buildings that make it seem live in.

For houses a great way to bring a scene alive its to add a vegetable garden. Drive around this summer and take a look at the houses in your neighborhood. People do more with their houses than live in the structure - they live in the yard. Planting a vegetable garden in the front or back of a house makes the scene look vibrant and active.

Luckily there are some very detailed foliage and model products available these days to pull off a very convincing garden and it can either be for vegetable of flowers. Products from Noch, Busch, JTT and Woodland Scenics can be used to pull off a very realistic garden scene.

Tips For Building a Scale Garden

  • Look around your spice rack for ideas. Ground spices and dried leaf spices can be used as ground cover or as scale plants.
  • Look in the bulk food area of your local supermarket. Seeds or dried peas can be used as scale cabbages.
  • If the scene is in the foreground plan on purchasing some highly detailed plants for up close inspection.
  • Keep in mind a figure bent over weeding or leaning on a hoe can add a lot of character to a scene.
  • Build a small garden shed, fences and add a critter or two like scale rabbits to add some humor to the scene.


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    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      These ideas would be good for a diorama too. Kids make those for school projects.

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      John Russell 

      5 years ago

      Hi, is it possible to by a vegetable patch or plot or vegatables in packet Many Thanks

    • kwade tweeling profile image

      kwade tweeling 

      7 years ago from USA

      Not really my thing and I doubt I will ever use it. But this is an awesome article. Well put together, informative and visually enjoyable. Voted up.

    • peanutroaster profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New England

      Thanks Stigma31, I'll check out your hubs.

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      7 years ago from Kingston, ON

      Awesome, voting up!


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