CACTUS & SUCCULENT GARDEN
YOU WILL NEED old, rectangular, metal cake tin; hammer and heavy-duty nail; drainage crocks; potting mix (with a little sand or vermiculite added for drainage); succulents (see above); fine gravel.
ONE The tin will need good drainage, so if it doesn’t already have holes in the base, make some randomly using the hammer and heavy-duty nail.
TWO Cover the holes with drainage crocks, so they will not become blocked with potting mix.
THREE Half-fill the tin with potting mix and level the surface.
FOUR Take the plants out of their pots and start to arrange them in the tin, moving them around carefully (especially if they are spiky!) until you are happy with the arrangement. In general, using the
taller plants toward the back with the smaller ones at the front works well, but play around with the design, varying the colours and shapes of the plants that sit next to each other.
FIVE Add potting mix around the plants, making sure that there are no air pockets and filling in any gaps. Level the surface of the potting mix.
SIX Add some gravel to the surface of the potting mix, ensuring that it doesn’t damage the more delicate plants. Water the tin and leave to drain.