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July 23, 2013


Everyone in my family has a green thumb....except for me.  As an example, I had some flowers in my dorm room last year.  Keeping a plant alive is a simple enough thing - water it every few days, leave it in the sun, and watch it grow.  While I may know how to keep a plant doing well, this is where "do as I say, not as I do" comes in.  I left it for 2 weeks without watering it once.  No water = sad, droopy, dead flower.

That is why I am so excited about the existence of succulents.  These little babies can go a very long time without much water, and they still look as pretty as when you first planted them.  You're actually supposed to water them as little as possible, maybe once every week or so.  They look cool (you can even find succulents with pretty flowers on them), you can plant them in about anything, and they last forever.

I am going to show you a little DIY today of how to make your own succulent gardens like the ones you see at the cute nursery down the street from you. All you need are 4 simple things:

Once you have obtained all of these items, the assembly is pretty easy. First, if there are no holes in the bottom of your container, pour a layer of gravel at the bottom.  This will help with the drainage when you water the succulents. If your pot has holes in the bottom, skip this step. 

Next, add the soil to the desired height, and simply plant your succulents. Arrange them how you would like.  If you want to be creative, try to balance the different colors and textures of the succulents you have when planting them. This part can get a little messy! 

If you want to add a little extra flair, cover the dirt with some more gravel, marbles, or even glitter. Once you are done planting, give them a touch of water, and you're done!

You can use these to add some life inside your house or out, and they even make great gifts! 

Home Depot or Lowe's will have the stuff you need, but I think it is so important to support the small businesses in your town.  Hope you guys can zip over to your local nursery soon and try out this fun project. I have tons of succulents around my house and they make me so happy! Even this little guy agrees :) 

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