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Fun Containers

It doesn’t matter if the garden is in the ground or completely in containers. Add some fun and interest by including unusual containers or curious places to display the plants! We’ve been collecting ideas for containers that are fun for any age, and cruising flea markets and garage sales is a brand new adventure, when we start picturing plants in everything. Our list would be much bigger, if we included all the items we’ve found we could use for supporting plants, like a trellis. Won’t you please help us to add to it? We bet you will start finding new ideas every where!

Grill

Milk container – plastic and waxed

Bleach bottle (clean out well – see top photo)

Boat

Boots (line with plastic, waterproof, and make sure there is drainage)

Galvanized tub or pail (can be used for miniature water garden)

Toilet

Flower beds in a bed frame

Medicinal herbs in a medicine cabinet

Wheelbarrow

5-15 gallon frosting bucket (free from bakeries, delis or grocery stores, cheap at home centers and mega marts)

Table with drawers (to place plants on the table and in the drawer – make sure they are weather resistant)

Tire

Toy dump truck

Watering can

Sandbox

Tub or sink (makes great miniature rock gardens)

Chair or rocker without seat

Trough

Old school desk

Grocery cart

Can

Old birdbath and birdhouse

Basket (waterproofed)

Dutch oven

Colander

Red wagon

Brass bucket

2 liter soda bottles as terrariums

Wine carafe or salad dressing bottle

Baking dish

Plastic or wooden wine box or fruit crate

Microwave cart or TV stand (weatherproofed)

Coal bucket

Litter box

Old ice cream churner

Cinderblock

Pumpkin (short term use)

Rustic magazine rack

Old log

Cracked soup tureen

Kettle drum

Toolbox

Eave or gutter

Whiskey barrel

Coconut

Washing machine

Punch bowl

Helmet

Culvert & Drain tile

Milk can

Mailbox

Teapot, teacup, sugar bowl, and pitcher

Play kitchen, playhouse, or dollhouse.

Shell

Tricycle

Old brass fire extinguisher

Baker’s rack

Enamel steamer or coffeepot

Pot or pan

Garden Crafts

We made this pot for our Mommies and our Grandma for Mother’s Day out of an empty bleach bottle that we had to clean over and over again. (Plants don’t like bleach and no one wants the taste of bleach in their herbs.) We’ve since discovered that we should have drawn our scene with permanent markers, since the Sharpies™ are fading the colors in the sun, rain, and watering, but that’s the fun of doing most things in our garden – we experiment to see what works and what doesn’t work!

Same picture as above, but...
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We drew our mommies potting a flower on the front.

Ding and the gnome are behind the red flowerpot.
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Spaulding, Dee and Ding's Dad, in front of the red flowerpot.

Grandpa and Pez are in the back.
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Tee is watching them while standing in front of the birdbath.

Teddy is watching Tine and Dee dancing.
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Our mommies and Grandma love our great flowerpot

Teddy Bears' Garden

Our Young Buds in the Garden

Gate | Path | Garden Gems | Young Buds | Potting Bench | Basket | Harvest | Hitching Post | Flower Show Photos | Shelter | Birdbath | Teddy Bears' Web Den

The Young Buds with their homemade flower pot.
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In back are Dee and Ding. In front are their cousins, Tee and Tine.

Welcome to our Garden Kid’s area. We’re the Young Buds!

If gardens aren’t fun, what is the purpose in having one? We look forward to gardening season, because we have so much fun help making it, exploring it, creating things for it, and watching things grow - and we’re not just talking about plants! Gardens are for kids, no matter how old. Here are some ideas on how to make kid friendly gardens, even for those without kids.

Grocery Gardening

Did you know that you could grow plants from products bought at the grocery store? We showed you how to make your beary own pineapple plant on our Potting Bench. Here are some other plants were trying to grow from products bought in the grocery store.

        A yam (or sweet potato) from the produce aisle (canned ones won’t work – we tried! Kehehehe) placed, pointy end down, into a glass of water, should start growing roots and shoots in a week. Make sure the water is always around, at least, one third of the yam. If your glass is bigger then your yam, stick four toothpicks around the middle of the yam, so it holds it up in the glass. Change the water in the glass every three or four days, or it will get beary stinky and the yam will rot. Yucky!!! In six weeks, the vine should be about a foot long, so plant it in a container that won’t crowd the roots and place it in a sunny place where it can continue to grow. It is a vine, so will get beary long with pretty flowers. If it isn’t growing within three weeks, something went wrong. Try again. We did.

        Do you eat fresh lemons or oranges? Do they have seeds? Gather all the seeds and soak them in warm water over night. Poke holes into a container of soil to your first joint on your finger, and drop them in the holes. Sow all the seeds, because not all will grow. Cover the holes carefully, so you don’t push the seeds around, and water the pot until it trickles out the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. Lemons and oranges grow in the tropics, so they need lots of sunlight, damp, but not soggy soil, and a warm place to live. They should sprout in two weeks. If they don’t, try it again. Give each plant its own pot, and, to keep them from getting too big to carry around, prune the branches that are getting too big. They make good gifts, too! If you don’t live where it’s warm all year round, bring in your lemon or orange trees in the winter, but remember to give them a beary sunny, but not beary hot, location.

        Prickly Pear pads

        Passion Fruit

        If you have a place for a beary, beary big flower, save some of the sunflower seeds the next time you see some for birds, or the next time you eat salt free non-roasted sunflower seeds. Ask the deli counter person or the pastry chef, if they have one, two, or five gallon containers leftover from pickles or frosting. (Some give them away for free.) Sow the seeds right below the surface in the container, and, when they grow as big as your paw (or hand), re-pot them into their own separate container. They like growing alone. Here’s the sunflower we grew.

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        Does your supermarket sell fresh herbs in the produce aisle? Take some home, pull off enough of the leaves on the bottom, so no leaves are under water when you put them in a glass. Cut the stem on an angle, so it can suck up enough water to keep it alive, and, right after cutting the stems, drop them into the glass of warm water. (Warm water helps them last longer.) When you change the water every three or four days, give them cool water, and keep checking the bottom of the stems to see if they are growing roots. If the roots grow longer then an inch, and there are several roots on the bottom, transplant them into a small pot of soil that has a hole in the bottom for drainage. Water it enough that the water comes out the hole, and then place the pot of herbs in a sunny location.

Did you notice that we haven’t told which herbs to use? We know this works for basil and mint, but we’re pretty sure it works for many other herbs too. Try any herb you want, and let us know which ones worked for you. We’ll let everyone know what you’ve grown, and, if you have your own web site, we’ll link your site with your information, so everyone can find out who you are! We like pictures too, so, you can include a picture of your herb and you, if you have one to send to us.

Here’s a link for a whole bunch of other plants you can start from your grocery store.

Multicolor Queen Anne's Lace Bouquet

Queen Anne’s Lace is a white flower that looks like lace. With food coloring, white flowers can be changed to other colors. Our mommies helped us make this bouquet, because sharp scissors are needed and food dye stains, if it spills.

Besides the colors we made, you can blend two colors together to make purple or orange, too. Around Independence Day, just make red and blue flowers, and keep more flowers white. E-mail our mommies, and show us what you've done! We'd love to hear from other young gardeners!

Our finished bouquet outside!
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Gardens are great places for bouquets!

The Queen Anne's Lace is in back.
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We're using the bottles to help dye our flowers.

We carefully put the dye in ourselves.
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We dripped 10 drops per bottle - yellow, red, green, and blue.

Add inch of water so flowers can drink.
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Our mommies, Lady and Val. used the sharp scissors to cut the stems at an angle.

We divided them into five groups -
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yellow, red, blue, white and green. Less greens since stems are green.

Keep the containers secure.
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If the wind blows them over, you get multicolor table!

Leave them alone over night,...
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but an hour later you can see them starting to change colors.

Our daddies want to see, too.
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They prefer climbing up all by themselves!

Wow! These are beautiful!
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Both admire them from different angles, but Teddy sees something else.

Is she supposed to be there?
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The caterpillar admires the flowers closer then anyone else. She can stay!

Menu Details

We know why we chose each title for each section of our garden, but we also know that doesn’t mean visitors will understand. We also know that it’s not fun to keep scrolling up and down. This is to s’plain what each theme is and to give our visitors the option to click to another section from the bottom or top of each area.

Title

Description

Our Garden Gate

Our Home Page. – Entry into our beary special garden.

Our Garden Path

The path we’ve taken to create our garden. How our garden plans are progressing through the years.

Our Garden Gems

Gardens are multifaceted, like gems. Glimpses of what makes our garden so special to us.

Our Young Buds

Gardens need children. Our kids, our Young Buddies, teach us how to make gardens with and for them.

Our Potting Bench

Where we work – transplanting, creating homemade terrariums to grow new plants, and experimenting with growing from produce, Learning doesn’t have to mean success!

Our Basket

Where we gather ideas for gardens – money saving ideas, our Dos and Don’ts, Checklist for Buying New Plants, taking care of tomatoes, and other assorted information we’ve learned.

Our Harvest

We garden to grow produce, herbs, flowers, and pretty plants. We want to show the results and how we use our harvest in recipes.

Our Hitching Post

"Hitch your wagon to a star." We dream big! This is how we get some of our inspiration.

Our Shelter

Gardens need to be safe shelters for plants, families, birds, and good bugs, like butterflies and ladybugs, and scary for pests and diseases. This is what we do to protect.

Our Birdbath

Since gardens have birdbaths, not water coolers, we gather here to ask and answer questions, have polls, give links, and find out if visitors want us to include a gardening forum for kids. We sure hope so!

Teddy Bears’ Web Den

Our garden is really in the backyard of the T. Bears’ Web Den. Click this link to go to our other web site.