Milo Valley Farm - landscaping, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the landscaping.  I touched up the paint over the stucco application and dirtied up the lower portion of the stone foundation with a brown and black paint wash.

After looking at it some more, I decided I needed to build up the land to the barn door.  I glued and pinned a piece of thin foam to the existing ground.  I cut it to fit.

I then built up more stucco to even out the edges.

I painted it to blend with the rest of the land.

Instead of having the grass go all the way to the barn, I will have dirt showing along the foundation.  I started with Fine Ballast Dark Brown by Woodland Scenics.

I spread a layer of glue with a brush.

I applied the ballast liberally and gently pressed it into place.

The rabbit hole has a layer of ballast as well. :]

I let it set overnight before brushing the excess back into the container, then vacuuming the remainder.  I added a dark black brown paint wash to the ballast after I cleared the excess.  This will dry a little lighter than it looks now.

While that dried, I planted two greenery bushes purchased from A Little More in Miniatures at the mini shows earlier this year.  They smell awesome.  I dug out holes for the bases and glued each bush into the foam, spreading some brown ballast over the bases.  Why not plant these later after the barn doors are in?  No reason really.  :]

Operator error led to the bush by the rabbit hole losing a few branches.  I will use these as final touches, so all is not lost!  :D  These are natural elements and as such might not last the test of time.  Nice thing about an old barn is it won't matter if they end up bare and sad looking.

On the ramp, I applied random streaks of glue and then spread the glue with a brush.  The gravel is Woodland Scenics Ballast left over from Baslow Ranch.  I poured it on generously and pressed it gently.  I didn't bother to let it dry overnight before brushing the excess back into the container, then vacuuming the remainder.   I added some paint washes to make the gravel look more natural.

We're getting somewhere.  :]

To be continued....

8 comments

Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
You did an excellent job, Brae and it will look so real when you're finished. I love those trees you planted.
08/07/15 @ 19:00
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
Watching the process of this build is just fascinating. I vote HGTV gives you a 'tiny' house show of your own. :)
08/07/15 @ 21:01
Comment from: Cynthia [Visitor]
Maybe the rabbit has been snacking on the bush near its nest and that's why it is less full? :-)
08/08/15 @ 05:58
Comment from: brae [Member]
Aw, thank you!! :>> I had the same thought about the rabbit! :))
08/08/15 @ 07:02
Comment from: BunnyD [Visitor]
We do love our greens! Really enjoying this landscaping Brae. I'm wondering about the indent over by the rabbit hole. Perhaps I missed what it was meant for? Personal plunge pool for bunny? I remember my dad making very realistic trees from twigs for his model railroad. It was fascinating.
08/08/15 @ 08:35
Comment from: The Grandmommy [Visitor]
I am learning a lot! Thanks!
08/08/15 @ 11:32
Comment from: Lynn [Visitor]
It all looks so perfect and realistic! You should really be proud of yourself! I agree with Barbara - HGTV really should give you your own 'mini-home and garden' TV show!
08/08/15 @ 18:34
Comment from: brae [Member]
Aw, thanks a million! :>> The sunken oval shaped area is for the algae-ridden abandoned bathtub. :yes:
08/10/15 @ 14:02


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