Creating mini aloe and cacti garden
Materials/Budget: Photo A
Enamel tray – already had
Soil/Gravel – already had
Shells/sea glass – collected from beach
River pebbles – already had
Plants – £3
Total to be deducted from my overall budget – £3
I was recovering from flu so stayed at home while my mother and younger sister went into town. They saw a rack of aloes and cacti at one of the “cheap” shops in town and bought me 3 plants to cheer me up. We’re not sure if they will survive as all my other succulents have come from specialist shops but I thought I’d give it a go.
Firstly I looked around for a container to make the mini garden in. I found the chipped enamel plate in the garden where it has been used as a saucer for a plant. Then I gathered the cacti soil, gravel and decorative items that I wished to use. I already had everything I needed as I had potted up a fish bowl terrarium a few weeks ago.
I started by placing a thin layer of gravel into the bottom of the dish.
I then filled the dish the rest of the way with the cactus potting mix.
I played around with the positioning of the plants until I was happy. The plants were VERY dry so I sprayed their roots with water as I was planting them into the dish.
The final positions
I sprinkled the river rocks onto the soil making sure there was a roughly even coverage that still looked natural.
I then picked out the selection of shells and sea glass to add some interesting features to my garden.
The finished garden! I’ll water it once a week to start off with as I’m not sure how well they had been looked after by the shop. I’ll have to adjust the water/light levels according to how they are looking over the next few weeks.