Once upon a time I wanted an herb garden. Nothing fancy, just a little one in the windowsill that I could snip fresh basil and chives from to garnish my food. My mom gave me a 6 pot planter in a little holder and I thought, “Yes! This is perfect!”. But this was before I knew that plants need proper drainage, and they grow really big, and one of those little planters in the windowsill don’t really provide enough herbs for the amount I use. I ended up replanting my herbs in bigger pots and I left my little plant pot set to retire outside.
Last week I got a big ol spring cleaning bug up my rear end, and ended up finding my old little planter set. Dirty, rusting and in need of a little TLC.
I brought it inside, and cleaned it up, knowing I could find something to do with it.
Then it occurred to me, the only plant that would do really well in these non draining pots would be succulents! I could water them sporadically and the cuttings would root and be able to stay moist! Succulents would THRIVE in these! So I set off to get some trimmings.
My mom gave me a huge hanging planter (that I have no room for) that was filled with all sorts of succulents that have sort of overgrown and taken over my hanging planter. I clipped 6 good looking pieces and started by filling each planter with potting soil.
Next I made a small hole in the center of the soil and stuck my little clipping right in there. And I placed rocks all around the top, to help keep the dirt moist and to add some texture and visual aesthetics, plus keep the clippings in place. I repeated this process for all 6 pots.
I choose 6 different plants so each would have it’s own thing going on. I like it like that.
The succulents seem to like their new little homes, and have been thriving the past week. It’s also a great thing to let Abbey water, because she’s not so gentle when it comes to my herbs and plants. Plus a lot of these plant varieties were used in my wedding! So that’s a nice little reminder too!
We live in a hot and dry climate, so succulents do really well here, even with a bit of over watering. They are currently sitting in the sun on my balcony and enjoying our 80* weather today.
These would make a great gift too! I love that this once nightmare of a planter, can now be reused in a helpful way! I really liked it before, but I think the abuse I gave it and the patina it has now gives it a bit more character!
Do you have any succulents growing in your yard? What varieties do you have? A few of mine flower, but I honestly don’t know any of their names.