Though my love of making decor myself is pretty strong, I haven’t had much of a chance to go shopping for supplies. I’m in a sort of limbo state because I came to England in late June thinking I’d only be staying until late August. However, I’m spent time with family in India for a few weeks and then returned to England in September. It was a change of plans, but I’m totally fine with it.
I just now know that I can actually buy things for crafting & creative projects. Yet, I don’t want to spend too much because I do have tools and materials in the USA with all of my other stuff. Anyway, that’s the explanation. However, plants are a perfect thing for me to buy now because I need to learn how to keep something alive. Well, something green anyway. I’ve kept myself alive for nearly 22 years now. With lots of help from mum—and that’s how I made this succulent bowl as well! So, now that you know my story, I’ll carry on with the DIY.
You might be thinking–what’s the point of this? It seems simple enough. But no! It’s not as simple as it looks. I was browsing the beautiful Beth Chatto Gardens last weekend and saw that they had a large planter bowl filled with gravel & three small succulents. I loved the idea of having an indoor garden, but the planter bowl was semi-hideous and quite boring (the classic terracotta color pot that all plants come in). So, instead of spending almost 20 quid for their bowl, I decided to create my own. I asked mum about the logistics and she told me the reasoning behind what you have to do.
The larger succulent is from IKEA (the small one is one we already had)–they have such a good selection of affordable plants (real & fake!) so definitely go there if there’s one close to you. Especially for a beginner plant-keeper (like me), you don’t want to spend too much money on something that has a less than 50% chance of survival.
Oh, as some of you may know, succulents are super easy to take care of because you only need to water them once a week. They are desert plants that are meant to hold in water for ages–but they also do well in strong, direct sunlight. The latter is something that England doesn’t have much of, but we’ll see what happens.
The next things you’ll need are gravel, rocks and an actual pot to put them in. I only had two succulents, but I could’ve grabbed a bigger pot. I just thought this one was pretty and it was one that mum already had (she has a proper green thumb so she’s got a slew of plant paraphernalia lying around). The rocks & gravel are collected from our backyard. Make sure you have enough rocks to completely cover the bottom–I could’ve used a few more, but my pot isn’t too deep. The pot also doesn’t need to have holes in the bottom because the rocks will act as a sort of drainage for the soil.
The actual de-potting process is messy, so obviously be outside. You’ll want loose, dry soil because that works best when you need to conform the soil to a new home. I was pretty bent on using the soil that already came with the succulents even though it was more difficult to mold. You’ll want to put the plants in first, then fill the soil slowly until its level and NOT covering any part of the succulents (the little one had a few buds growing and I had to make sure not to drown them in soil or else they wouldn’t get the sun’s nourishment). Then, you can put your gravel down! The gravel is really just for show–it gives it more of a desert effect.
All in all, I don’t think I did a bad job. It could’ve been a bit more styled/manicured (I could’ve pulled out the loose blades of dead grass and things). For a first try, I’m pretty chuffed with myself. And the succulents are alive and well a week later!
Isn’t greenery just a lovely addition to a home? This would be great in a dorm or apartment as well. As long as there’s a windowsill, there’s a way. That’s what they always say.
The main reason I’m trying to learn how to keep plants alive is because I want to grow my own herbs and maybe other things (when I have a place of my own). But I don’t anticipate having a yard or garden anytime soon, so I need to learn indoor gardening tips quickly. My mother is the cornucopia of gardening knowledge that I dip into every know and then–but I’m always on the lookout for advice online or in books. If you have any advice for a burgeoning green thumb (maybe a green…pinky?), please let me know! I’d love to hear it 🙂