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.
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.
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.
But before you head off to do that, let me show you how I made this Succulent Garden Bowl.
This is probably one of the coolest gardening projectsI’ve ever put together. Don’t you think?
Succulent Garden Bowl
Here’s what you will need:
large glass bowl (This is where I got mine.)
succulents and cacti
Miracle-Gro Cactus, Palm & Citrus Soil
(Stones, succulents, and cacti are from Wal-mart. Both mosses were purchased on Amazon.)
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.
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.
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.
Once all of your plants are in and the roots are covered with soil, add a final layer of reindeer moss.
After that, your garden is complete!
With succulents and cacti, I water sporadically and keep the soil relatively dry. Other than that, your garden just needs lots of sunlight.
I ended up making two different sizes and I’m so pleased with how they both turned out.
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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