Friday, May 9, 2014
SUCKER FOR SUCCULENTS
I posted back in March about the redwood planter box we created to go around the alder tree that sits right in the middle of our new patio, and I finally got around to planting it with succulents.
I wanted to use succulents for a number of reasons. I love unique colors and textures that they provide, they stay fairly low profile, and they are ridiculously easy to care for. Win, win, win.
My hope is for my little box to someday be lush and full, something like this colorful planter in San Diego via the Gardeners Anonymous blog (how gorgeous is that?)
Before I was able to plant the box, I had to prep the soil. Succulents like well drained, sandy soil, and my aunt (who is a total succulent guru) says she uses a 50/50 mix of all purpose soil and crushed red lava.
So I dug out some of the dirt I'd already added and broke the rest up with my shovel so it was nice and soft. Then I brought in the red lava and mixed the two together. Here's an in process photo.