These little cactus gardens will be a hit with the littlies – and lazy gardeners! Get creative with succulents in different colours, shapes and sizes.
Kids and adults will both love making this cactus garden.
WANT TO GET the kids involved in gardening but don’t have much of a backyard – or a green thumb? Here’s a cool craft project that’s super easy to do: jump on board the terrarium trend and make your own low-maintenance mini cactus garden. Cacti are almost impossible to kill and thrive both indoors and out. Just make sure you supervise the kids and wear gloves and use newspaper or foam wrapping when handling the cacti. All you need is a shallow trough or bowl, a selection of small succulents and cacti from your local garden centre, potting mix and gravel, and you’re ready to go.
YOU WILL NEED CACTI AND SUCCULENTS, FROM ABOUT $5 EACH; OSMOCOTE CACTI & SUCCULENT POTTING MIX, $6.98 FOR 10 LITRES; GRAVEL, ABOUT $7.95 FOR A 20KG BAG; LARGE SHALLOW CONTAINER SUCH AS A PYREX RECTANGULAR STORAGE CONTAINER (2.6L), $24.95, FROM KITCHEN WAREHOUSE.
STEP 1 Line the base of your container with gravel to a depth of about 2cm. STEP 2 Scatter a few handfuls of potting mix onto the gravel for your bedding layer. Using foam wrapping or newspaper, pick up a cactus in a “noose” and place on potting mix. STEP 3 Backfill around the cactus’s roots with potting mix, so it stays stable while it takes root.
STEP 4 Press down with the back of a spoon to firm down each plant. STEP 5 Continue like this for each cactus until your garden is complete, then mulch the surface with gravel to a depth of about 1–2cm. Not only will this look good, it will help anchor the cacti and keep them upright until they take root.