When succulents meet nature

Hannah BryanGrowing, How-ToLeave a Comment

My next succulent project I kind of fell into, without really knowing it was going to be a project. And then….suddently, it was!

I am lucky enough to live in a neighborhood full of gigantic old trees, and every now and again one of the giants has to come down. It’s always sad, but it’s sometimes necessary for safety. On a walk through the neighborhood, I saw a gigantic pile of recently cut wood, and there were the strangest pieces strewn throughout. Some of them had no centers, which was a good indication of why the tree was taken down. I could have hauled home 3 tons of this wood, but that would not have been a good idea…for my back, for my marriage or for my driveway, so, I settled on a more manageable goal. I went with the classic “pick three pieces you can carry” approach. As soon as I saw this little piece sitting on it’s own, I knew what would become of it: a outdoor succulent planter.DSC_0316

DSC_0315I also lucked into finding this market pack of hens and chicks (a variety of succulents!) at Home Depot. They were selling it along with the ground covers. I don’t think of these as ground cover, but the price was right, so who was I to argue? Into the basket it went, and soon into my log.

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So here is what I did:

I had to put something on the bottom of my awesome log to hold the dirt in, and still allow for drainage. My brilliant husband suggested a plastic lid from our massive Tupperware collection, and it worked like a charm. I cut it to size, and stapled it on the bottom, added a little duct tape just because and I was ready to plant.

When you are planting succulents, recommendations usually call for a special kind of potting soil. Since I had some on hand, I obliged and added it to the opening of the wood.

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I then separated the hens and chicks into small enough sections that I could tuck them into the cracks and crevices of my wood container. Voila!

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Here is my sweet new succulent planter, who will spend its summer sunning on my front stoop. With all this sunning and relaxing, I kinda wish I was a succulent living around my house sometimes. 🙂

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Hannah BryanWhen succulents meet nature