Recently I’ve become obsessed with cacti and succulents. I love the combination of different types and shades so I was really excited to make a garden of all the combinations. First I looked around at a couple stores to see all the different options, at Lowe’s Home Improvement I saw the different options of pre-made gardens. These range from about $15-$25 dollars, they have different typess with cute dishes and pots with different stones. These are great options but I knew I was looking to make my own.
What you need:
· A glass dish
· Potting Soil
· Small Shovel
· Gardening Gloves
· A variation of cacti and succulents
First, I took a trip to my local Goodwill and other smaller thrift shops to find a couple options for the garden’s dish. Their were a lot of different ones there you just had to know what to look for. They have to be big enough to hold multiple succulents but not too big to avoid empty space. They also must be deep enough for the roots, two to three inches deep should do it. I found a oval mint dish that has interesting details for only three dollars! As well as a large circle teal dish for only four. It was fun to go out and search for a good vessel to use, it gives your dish it's first taste of personality. While I went with two colored dishes, clear glass is also very popular.
Then, I went to Lowe’s a loaded up on cacti and succulents. After you found your dish try to estimate how many cacti will fit in it, then gather all the types you like. Be careful because they can add up in price pretty quickly. They are priced based on size, so aim to get a variety of all different shapes and sizes. They are all meld together pretty well, I liked the pink tinted ones personally (big surprise).
First, fill the bottom with about an inch of potting soil, make sure to pack it firmly and around the edges. Since mine has a curved side it was important to fill that will soil.
Begin to arrange the cacti and succulents, while wearing the gloves to prevent being pricked. Take time to find the best arrangement before planting.
Add the plants one by one, surrounding with potting soil as you go. I liked using plants that would cascade over the sides as well as getting ones that were separated in fourths to be able to spread out as seen below.
Once your dish is full and arranged how you like it, use the water to moisten the potting soil to finish off our dish. Wipe away the dirt from the sides and your all done. After a couple days you will notice the plants have settled and seem perky.
There are many different options to create unique types of gardens. They can be a great addition to any patio or even a fun option for your desk or kitchen.