Now that spring has finally arrived, I have this almost-compulsive desire to start planting and playing in the dirt Because there’s still a chance of frost around these parts until June, I have to pace myself. But how? The answer: create another indoor garden.

Succulent Garden Bowl | Inspired by Charm

When I was in California a few weeks ago, I came across these gorgeous succulent bowls at one of the area shopping centers. I wanted to buy one on the spot, but figured I’d have trouble bringing it home. I didn’t want to be “the guy that held up the security line trying to smuggle a succulent garden to Pennsylvania.” Instead, I snapped a picture with my phone and decided I could DIY one when I returned home. And that’s exactly what I did.

Succulent Garden Bowl | Inspired by Charm

Recreating this little bowl garden was sort of a surreal experience for me because it brought back such wonderful memories of my trip to California. For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to visit the West Coast. Who would have thought that, because of this crazy and magical blogging career, that I’d be able to achieve so many dreams?! This little bowl garden is not just about growing plants, it’s about growing so much more than that. My friends at Miracle-Gro couldn’t agree more. Recently, they launched their Gro Something Greater campaign and want to hear from you about the great things that you are growing and why you love to garden. Share your ideas with them with #GroSomethingGreater on Facebook and Twitter.

Succulent Garden Bowl | Inspired by Charm

But before you head off to do that, let me show you how I made this Succulent Garden Bowl.

Succulent Garden Bowl | Inspired by Charm

This is probably one of the coolest gardening projectsI’ve ever put together. Don’t you think?

Succulent Garden Bowl | Inspired by Charm

Succulent Garden Bowl

Here’s what you will need:

large glass bowl (This is where I got mine.)
succulents and cacti
stones
sphagnum moss
reindeer moss
Miracle-Gro Cactus, Palm & Citrus Soil

(Stones, succulents, and cacti are from Wal-mart. Both mosses were purchased on Amazon.)

Succulent Garden Bowl | Inspired by Charm

Start by placing a layer of small stones in the bottom of your dish; then add a layer of sphagnum moss. The moss will help prevent the soil from falling in-between the stones.

Succulent Garden Bowl | Inspired by Charm

Succulent Garden Bowl | Inspired by Charm

Once the sphagnum moss is in place, add a layer of soil. You’ll want this to be about 1 – 2 inches from the top of your bowl.

Succulent Garden Bowl | Inspired by Charm

Succulent Garden Bowl | Inspired by Charm

Then, you’ll start filling in your succulents and cacti. Keep your plants close together. That’s one of the reasons this garden looks so interesting. I just tucked my plants about 1/2 inch into the existing layer of soil and then added more soil as I added plants.

Succulent Garden Bowl | Inspired by Charm

Once all of your plants are in and the roots are covered with soil, add a final layer of reindeer moss.

Succulent Garden Bowl | Inspired by Charm

After that, your garden is complete!

Succulent Garden Bowl | Inspired by Charm

With succulents and cacti, I water sporadically and keep the soil relatively dry. Other than that, your garden just needs lots of sunlight.

Succulent Garden Bowl | Inspired by Charm

I ended up making two different sizes and I’m so pleased with how they both turned out.

Succulent Garden Bowl | Inspired by Charm

This was the perfect little project to help satisfy my gardening itch until I can get outside and really start planting. How about you? Are you ready to get your hands in the soil?

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Comments

  • nusra at

    These look great. Perfect inspiration for the east coast freezers here. Where did you get the bowls, the link doesn’t seem to be working.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oops! Thanks for letting me know. I’ve fixed the link, but they are from Crate and Barrel.

      xo Michael

  • monica at

    forever in love with succulents! they are the best house plants! Im happy to have found your blog
    These look so beautiful Michael !!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Aren’t they the best!? Thanks so much Monica!

      xo Michael

  • Sannie at

    Love this! What an amazingly cute idea! Can’t wait to make a few as gifts and of course one for myself! 🙂

  • Lisa at

    I love these! I’m in Ohio and I feel your pain weather-wise!!! Where did you purchase the moss, succulents and cacti?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much! Yes. It’s been a horrible winter. Stones, succulents, and cacti are from Wal-mart. Both mosses were purchased on Amazon.

      xo Michael

  • Kris at

    Very pretty, Michael! Love those bowls! When you water do you just use a mister? TFS!

  • Elysa at

    This was posted but in an odd place so not sure if you got it so I am posting again. If you saw the previous sorry for the double posting 🙂
    Love this little gardening project. I am definitely putting this on the to do list this weekend, it is just what my office needs. Thanks for sharing! I also just want to say I love your blog. Every time i go to it, I just smile. I love the look and the way it makes me feel as soon as it comes up. Thanks Michael!

  • Mercedes Alvarez Vargas at

    Se puede traer plantas de suculentas de otrs lugares me interesa saber sobre esto y hacerlo ya que veo muchas diferentes de las que hay aqui vivo en Costa Rica

  • Chelsea at

    Hi!! Are you using a preserved moss for the succulent garden or a live moss?

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