DIY Succulent Container Garden

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Learn how to make your own DIY succulent container garden. Not only do these succulent container gardens make a beautiful home accent, but they are also extremely low maintenance! In fact, my succulents tend to fare best when I forget to water them. (Go figure.)

DIY Succulent Container Garden! Learn how to make your own DIY succulent container garden. Not only do these succulent container gardens make a beautiful home accent piece both indoors or out, but they are also extremely low maintenance!

So whether you have a green thumb – or a not so green thumb – you’ll love the natural beauty a succulent container garden offers! Here’s how to make your own.

DIY Succulent Container Garden! Learn how to make your own DIY succulent container garden. Not only do these succulent container gardens make a beautiful home accent piece both indoors or out, but they are also extremely low maintenance! In fact, my succulents tend to fare best when I forget to water them.

DIY Succulent Container Garden

To create your DIY succulent container garden you’ll need to start by purchasing the dirt, succulents and other materials you’ll need to use for your container garden. I started with an assortment of my favorite succulent plants.

DIY Succulent Container Garden! Learn how to make your own DIY succulent container garden. Not only do these succulent container gardens make a beautiful home accent piece both indoors or out, but they are also extremely low maintenance!

As I was working with smaller containers, I bought the smallest pots of succulents I could find. You should be able to purchase succulents from your local farmer’s market or greenhouse or from a home & hardware store. Alternately you can also buy live succulent plants online from both Amazon and Etsy.

Learn how to make your own DIY succulent container garden. Not only do these succulent container gardens make a beautiful home accent piece both indoors or out, but they are also extremely low maintenance! In fact, my succulents tend to fare best when I forget to water them.

In addition to the succulents, I also bought some cactus and succulent soil mix for my DIY succulent container garden. This soil mix allows for drainage that your succulents need. You’ll also need a container, some small rocks or stones or other interesting found items.

I used a handmade pottery dish as my container. I liked the low, wide round shape that gave me room to include a variety of succulents together.

Upcycled Ketel One Vodka Succulent Planter from Looking Sharp Cactus

Of course, you don’t need to choose a traditional container for your DIY succulent container garden. Containers like an upcycled bottle also works well. I love this succulent arrangement from Looking Sharp Cactus in which a vodka bottle is used as the planter. (You can even purchase all of the components for your succulent container garden as a kit if you like.)

Upcycled Wine Bottle Planter from Gottles! This upcycled wine bottle planter is perfect for creating your own DIY succulent container garden!

Alternately, you can also buy and upcycled bottle planter that’s pre-cut for you. I like this upcycled wine bottle planter from Gottles. Gottles also sells an array of other upcycled glass bottle planters made from liquor bottles as well as some pretty cool upcycled bottle pendant lamps.

All of the rocks I used for my DIY succulent container garden I was able to find with a little foraging. If your yard is rock free, take a walk through a local park to see what you discover.

DIY Succulent Container Garden! Learn how to make your own DIY succulent container garden. Not only do these succulent container gardens make a beautiful home accent piece both indoors or out, but they are also extremely low maintenance! In fact, my succulents tend to fare best when I forget to water them.

Once you’ve gathered all of your materials, you’re ready to create your succulent container garden! To do this, simply fill your container with the succulent soil mix, then add succulents throughout the container using rocks to break up sections or fill in gaps.

I left my DIY succulent container garden a little sparse. However, my succulents grew and filled the plant in rather quickly. In addition, if you’ll be keeping your succulents indoors, it’s best not to crowd them so they get as much light as possible. (Check out 9 secrets to growing succulents indoors at Gardenista blog here.)

Alternately, you can crowd your succulents a bit and plant up to the edges for a container garden that looks lush from the start if you’ll be displaying them outdoors.

DIY Succulent Container Garden! Learn how to make your own DIY succulent container garden. Not only do these succulent container gardens make a beautiful home accent piece both indoors or out, but they are also extremely low maintenance!

Once you’ve planted all of the succulents in your container, water the soil in your pot.

Keep your succulent in a bright, sunny spot in your home – in front of a window is a wonderful spot – or outside on a patio. Succulents grow best when they get a lot of light. However, they do need some sun protection if temperatures are above 90°F.

For more information on lighting and watering your succulent container garden, check out this helpful information from the Cactus & Succulent Society of San Jose. It covers information on potting and watering your succulents, lighting situations, repotting your succulents and how to deal with common pest.

Want even more ideas for creating a DIY succulent container garden?

How to Make Modern Cement Planters Using Packaging via Re-Nest

Apartment Therapy has a cool tutorial that instructs you on how to use recycled food packaging for molds to make modern cement planters for your succulents.

DIY succulent container garden! Learn how to make a DIY book planter for your succulents with this tutorial from Green Wedding Shoes blog!

Or learn how to make a DIY book planter for your succulents with this tutorial from Green Wedding Shoes blog!

DIY Succulent Table via Far Out Flora Blog!

If you’re in love with a rustic look, consider a bold approach and craft a DIY Succulent Table as a living room coffee table or outdoor patio table. The size and dimensions are entirely up to you. But regardless of how large or small you go, this is one table sure to make a statement you’ll never grow tired of.

DIY succulent container garden! This handmade narwhal succulent planter from Holz Home is an easy way to create your own succulent container garden!

You can also go super simple with a single succulent in a unique handmade planter. I love this small narwhal succulent planter from Holz Home.

A beautiful handmade ceramic cactus planter from Federico Becchetti Art!

Or this handmade ceramic cactus planter from Federico Becchetti Art that allows you to plant multiple succulents without worrying about how to arrange them.

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How to Use Neem Oil for Plants as a Natural Pesticide

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How to Use Neem Oil as a Natural Non-Toxic Garden Pesticide

Do you need a non-toxic natural pesticide alternative for your home and garden? Learn how to use neem oil for plants as a natural non-toxic pesticide!

In addition to neem oil’s many medicinal uses – for which I’ve already created multiple recipes for soap, shampoo, salves and lip balm – you can also use neem oil for plants in your garden as a natural broad spectrum pesticide. Neem oil is extracted from the seed of the tropical neem tree and contains thee active ingredient, azadirachtin, which acts as an insecticide, fungicide, and miticide.

You can use neem oil for plants in the garden as a natural, non-toxic pesticide to help control slugs, snails, fruit flies, white flies, squash bugs, Colorado potato beetles, Mexican bean beetles, Japanese beetles, aphids small leaf eating caterpillars and other harmful insects.

In your home it works against fleas, ticks, ants, bed bugs, dust mites and cockroaches as well as scabies mites.

Simply combine between .5% and 2% of neem oil to warm water depending on severity of infestation. (So for every 16 oz. of water by weight, you’d want to use between .08 oz. and .32 oz. neem oil.) For the garden you can also include insecticidal soap or detergent at .01% – .02% of the water amount. Use the solution within a day or two and then make up a new solution to use as needed. If you have an existing infestation drench soil and leaves and apply once a week until infestation clears. As a preventative measure, use the neem oil at .5% dilution with warm water once a month.

Also be sure to check my natural homemade skin care recipes that contain neem oil: Natural Neem Oil & Rosemary Salve Recipe, Natural Homemade Neem Oil Cold Process Soap Recipe, Homemade Neem Cream Recipe, Natural Topical Anti-Fungal Toenail Treatment, Homemade Cold Sore Therapy Lip Balm Recipe, Natural Homemade Dog Shampoo and my Lanolin & Neem Salve Recipe.

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How to Create New Succulents from Clippings

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Making New Succulent Plants with Clippings from Existing Plants - Great for Handmade Gift Ideas and Favors

My succulent container gardens that I made back in May for Mother’s Day have been, of course, growing. So in order to keep them looking great, I had to trim a few of the taller succulents. I decided it would be great to re-grow these clippings into new plants that I could pot for other areas of my home and office at work that needed a little bit of greenery. As I’m pulling some of my arrangements inside to avoid the cooler fall evenings we’ve been having – the cooler weather can easily kill off your succulents – I also thought it’d be a great time to get creative and fill in some of my empty pottery pots – like the one pictured above – that I made many years back in my intro to pottery class in college.

DIY Succulent Container GardensI took clippings from several of my succulent container gardens. The particular clippings I used were from the succulent plant shown in this photograph on the upper left. They just happened to grow faster and much taller than the others and were quite tall after four months in the sun on my porch.

Succulent Clippings Arrangement in Water

The “correct” way to root your succulents is to clip them from the plant, then set them aside in a cool, dark location for a week or so then plant them right into the soil. This is definitely how it needs to be done with those low lying succulents that you really can’t clip a stem off of. Basically you have to take a leaf from the plant and root it. As these were taller and I always have trouble rooting the leaves, I just plopped a selection of these clippings in shallow water in a ceramic container and used them as a table centerpiece.

Succulent Clippings Growing Roots - How to Create New Succulent Plants from Your ClippingsIn the meantime, the clippings grew roots.

Rooting Succulent Clippings to Make Potted Arrangements

At which point I gathered several of these clippings together along with a container to put them in and some dirt.

Pretty DIY Potted Succulents Made from Rooting Succulent Clippings

And then all that was left was to plant them in their new home and water. What I love most about succulents is that they are so easy to grow and do especially well when you forget to water them. Plus most varieties can still thrive in low light areas. Just don’t forget to bring them inside the house in the winter! While some varieties will come back if they are killed off by the cold, others won’t. So keeping these planted in containers is best suited for their survival.

Do you grow succulents in your home? What ways have you had success with when starting new succulents?


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My Memorial Day Weekend

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Scott Watering the GardenScott is watering the garden again today. He’s been faithfully watering the garden by buckets since there’s no hose or outside water faucet on the days the ground gets dry. Luckily we’ve had some good rain so far this spring and it’s supposed to be a rather wet summer since this can get a little tedious and I seem to keep having him add an extra row here and there. Right now we have tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and cucumbers planted. I also have a row of organic Summer Bibb Lettuce seeds from Cubits planted in the ground and in a large pot along with some Basil and Calendula. Scott still has one more row to sow so I can plant my mix of organic Heirloom carrot seeds from Cubits.

I spent a lot of time outdoors yesterday cleaning up both the front and back yards. We rent and this is only the start of our second year here – and our first with any sort of extra income – so we’re just now getting the yard to our liking. I don’t have hedge trimmers yet – I spent money on a weed eater and an a/c unit – so I trimmed trees with my hands and a pair of craft scissors – which was surprisingly effective. I also spent a lot of time pulling up Virginia creeper out of the ground and off the fence. While it looks a lot better, it did send my allergies into overdrive so I’m nursing a sore throat today.

If you’re allergies are giving you fits as well – even with medication like mine – there are some natural home remedies that can help. One of my favorites since I have a variety of herbs planted out front is to drink peppermint tea. The peppermint oil acts as a natural decongestant. Simply add 1/2 ounce of dried organic peppermint leaves to a one quart jar then fill two-thirds of the jar with boiling water. Steep for five minutes, sweeten if desired and enjoy.

And since we’re on the topic of gardens, dirt and mud, I am offering 50% off my new Rose Body & Facial Mud for Memorial Day weekend! Just enter coupon code: FLASHMUD at checkout and receive half off every jar of Rose Body & Facial Mud you purchase from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen through Memorial Day. (Coupon code expires 5/27/13 at 11:59pm EST.)

I hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend. Scott and I will be going out to buy a small charcoal grill today so we can enjoy some grilled bratwurst and burgers purchased on the market this weekend from a local farmer.


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DIY Upcycled Washi Tape Planter

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DIY Easy Upcycled Planter - Made with Washi Tape and an Empty Vinegar ContainerI use so many gallon sized containers of vinegar every month – for everything from a homemade after shower spray to a natural and inexpensive laundry softener – that I wanted to  figure out something I could actually use these plastic containers for rather than just tossing them into the recycling bin. One of the quickest and easiest ways I thought of to upcycle these containers is to re-use them as pots for plants.

To make these pots, simply cut off the top of the container with sharp scissors – I used a knife to get started – wash thoroughly, then wrap with strips of your favorite washi tape. You can also make a small drain hole in the bottom if needed. Leave some of the plastic on your new pot exposed and you’ll be able to tell by how dark the soil is, whether or not it’s time to water.

I put one of my pepper plants in my pot while it’s waiting to be transplanted into the garden. However, these would be perfect for using container succulent gardens and for planting your favorite flowers and annual herbs.

Once I have three more of these vinegar containers emptied and ready for upcycing, I’m planning to use them with a dowel and eye hooks to create some new wall storage in my office.

Looking for more ways to re-use everyday containers? Be sure to check out my DIY Storage Box Organizer as well as my post on Creative Ways to Recycle Everyday Things. You can also follow me on Pinterest!

How do you recycle and upcycle everyday plastic containers?


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