I have been wanting to plant a succulent garden for a long time. I searched and searched for the right container, and when I finally found it I asked our good family friend, Diana (who loves succulents and cacti) to help me put together a little garden and to teach me a little bit about these fascinating plants.
She took me out to her backyard where she was able to show me about 15+ different types of cactus or succulent plants and even give me a few starters for my little garden. We also went to Cactus and Tropicals, where we walked around and she told me about all of the different plants.
There are tons of different ways to plant a succulent or cactus garden, and since I had some extra plants I made another one to show you how Diana taught me. It's super easy to plant and even easier maintain (totally my kind of project!) and you don't even need very much to get started. All you need is your plants (which you can buy for a very reasonable price at any garden center or even Home Depot or Lowe's).....
...some aquarium gravel (which we bought at Petco, but can be purchased at most pet stores. I like white because of the contrast with the plants) and some dirt (this kind is good for this project, and can be purchased at most of the places where you buy your plants)....
...and a container. Any container will work depending on what type of look you're going for.
I personally prefer clear containers because it allows you to see the various layers.
Once you have collected your materials (plants, gravel, dirt, and a container), you are ready to start! The first step is to simply add your dirt to the container.
Next add your plants (be careful, some cacti are SUPER pokey).
And last, add your gravel on top.
Once you have done this, you might want to take a toothpick or skewer and clear away the gravel from any unwanted spots.
And there you have it! Super easy, huh? and the even better part? It only needs about a glass of water every 2 weeks. This is my kind of maintenance. I think I can stay on top of this.
Now it's your turn! Go try it!