My First Fairy-less Fun Garden

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All the little fairies are getting homes these days. I wanted to make a play garden my little granddaughters, ages almost 4 and 6, could play with, with some real plants, too. I couldn't find inexpensive fairies, but some other visitors came to play.
Butterfly Flowers and Succulents
This is a glimpse of the finished garden, for now. Underneath and in-between the plastic succulents and one divided stem of polyester butterfly flowers is a bunch of older small bulbs. Gladioli and caladiums MIGHT germinate and grow here.
Empty bottles have a new life.
An old plastic rectangular planter blew into my yard one night with a west Texas wind, with no way to return it. I read to use empty plastic bottles to fill the space in a planter so less soil would be needed. The same week, I read that scientists somewhere discovered plants needed very little soil and water to thrive. I lined the planter with two layers of cheesecloth I bought and never used, then piled in the empty bottles.
Good ole dirt & moss, no worms
I took out several bottles to get a more even surface, then crumbled and spread about 1/5 of one cubit yard of topsoil. Handful by handful I covered the bottles. You could probably just dump a bunch of soil in, then smooth it out. I added some flower bulbs, and some seeds, too, tamped it down, then added about a quart of spaghum moss on top because it is soft and dry.
Odds and ends from the store
The week before, I had allowed myself $10 at Dollar General to buy fairies and things for the garden. Each item cost $1 the cupcakes were in the school supply aisle--they are actually erasers! No fairies, but in the toy aisle I found Mickey and Minnie. On the patio, I found some blue plastic pieces of some toy.
Minnie wanted a PINK cupcake.
A metal butterfly trellis, a garden welcome sign and a couple of chunks of concrete I found in the yard placed around in the planter finished the Fun Garden, awaiting its true audience. I removed more bottles as I went along to let the decorations and bulbs fit better. Eventually, half the bottles were gone. Then the first granddaughter (and her daddy) dropped by. Success! She loves it!
Suggested materials:
  • $10 Odds and Ends (or a toy box)   (Dollar Gen., Fam. Dol., Dollar Tree)
  • $1 worth of Soil and Moss   (Walmart)
  • Free: toy parts, planter, old bulbs   (My garage, patio and yard)
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  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jun 15, 2017
    They did last summer. The little one helped me plant several misc flower bulbs. When her flowers sent up shoots she was amazed and squealed with laughter. When the flowers themselves bloomed, she pulled them up by the bulbs/roots so we could put them in a vase! Then July and 100 degree days hit, and she lost interest. But both of them want me to find a way to do a fairy garden inside with pebbles and marbles and NO dirt. Lol. This summer so far they seem to be into giggling and play wrestling. The almost 5 girl has had a 2-day ballet camp; and the almost-7 girl just finished a 5-day tennis camp, and their favorite G rated show just came on Netflix, so they are happy. Thank you more than you can know for asking. I get very lonely. Best wishes 😇

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jul 31, 2017
    Catching up. As of today, the granddaughters are 5 and 7. They have three weeks of vacation before school. Wednesday they will spend the day with me. They love having chores at Grandmommy's house, like watering one plant, and dusting with one of Papaw's white socks. And chores lead to crafts! Crafts definitely is our favorite time. I think I'm going to let them paint part of the front door. We're doing rainbow jello. I'll pick out one more activity. And, of course, they have art supplies and toys and dolls.
    You have been so sweet to mention the girls in your comments. And so encouraging to me. Thank you so very much. 😇

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