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Thursday, July 14, 2011
How to Create a Succulent Bird Bath
Last year I saw a pretty succulent garden planted in a birdbath while on a tour of a local garden. Ever since then I've wanted one of them for my garden. It was one of those projects that kept getting bumped to the bottom of the "want" list. That's simply because there were SO many plant projects ahead of it this past spring.
When Lowe's Creative Ideas handed out the challenge to create something in my garden using Lowe's products it was the spark I needed to get this idea in full swing.
My motivation was spurred on by the fact that they gave us $100 to spend. Fun stuff, right!
I gathered my materials (2-piece concrete birdbath, assorted succulents, perlite, soil, and pea gravel) from Lowe’s. I chose a mix of succulents that appealed to me with varying heights, textures, and forms. The total miraculously equaled $101.30; so off we go.
Here are the steps for how to make a birdbath into a succulent dish garden.
1. Create some very good drainage in the dish. With a concrete drill bit I pre-drilled 1/4” holes and then 5/8” final holes making sure to site them just outside the diameter of the pedestal.
2. Line the dish with paper towels to keep the soil from falling through drainage holes. (Screen would work well here, too. I didn't have any on hand.) I filled the dish with a mix of potting soil and Perlite (50/50). Because the finished garden will be visible from every side I planted the tallest plants first~ just off-center.
3. Plant. I found it helpful (because of the shallow dish) to knock off most of the existing soil before planting. With the succulents in place I watered lightly.
4. Sprinkle pea gravel into the open spaces and gently press them down. The pea gravel not only looks nice as a finishing touch, but it also helps secure the plant roots into the shallow medium.
This is a simple and lasting DIY project I think you could have just as much fun creating as I did!
It's simple. It's easy.
And if all goes according to plan ~~~ durable and long-lasting.
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