MINI GAR­DEN

These lit­tle cac­tus gar­dens will be a hit with the lit­tlies – and lazy gar­den­ers! Get creative with suc­cu­lents in dif­fer­ent colours, shapes and sizes.

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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.

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