CRAFTY BY NATURE
We’ve excerpted three creative projects from Garden Made, including the materials and instructions for making them yourself.
· Plastic picture frame in any dimension you like as long as the frame itself is at least 2" wide · 1" x 3" x 6' cedar board · Wire cutters · One piece of ¼" hardware mesh fencing · Staple gun · Four ½" corner braces; wood screws as follows: eight #6 screws ½" long; four #6 screws 1" long · Mitre saw, circular saw, hand saw or table saw · One piece of ¼"-thick plywood · Drill and drill bits or screwdriver · Picture-hanging hardware rated for at least 15 pounds of hanging weight · Soilless container mix · Mixed succulents in a variety of sizes
1. DETERMINE THE SIZE of your planter box based on the size of the picture frame. The inside dimensions of the planter box should be half an inch wider and longer than the inside dimensions of the frame. 2. BUILD A BOX FRAME using the cedar board. 3. USE THE WIRE CUTTERS to cut the hardware mesh to one-quarter inch smaller than the outside dimensions of the box frame. Lay the hardware mesh on top of the box frame and attach it using the staple gun. 4. PLACE THE PICTURE FRAME on top of the box frame. Turn the box upside down and place the corner braces at the centre of each of its sides. Attach the corner braces to the back of the frame and the sides of the box using the ½" wood screws. 5. USING THE SAW, cut the plywood to match the outside dimensions of the box frame. Using a drill or screwdriver and the 1" wood screws, attach the plywood to the bottom of the box. 6. CHOOSE WHICH WAY you’ll orient the frame and mount the picturehanging hardware. 7. FILL THE BOX WITH THE SOILLESS CONTAINER MIX by scooping in the soil and shaking the box to settle it down. Water the box and leave it for an hour for the soil to settle and compact. Top up with more soil and water again until it is quite full and the base of the soil is moderately firm. 8. USE THE WIRE CUTTERS to snip holes in the mesh that are large enough for the succulents’ mini root balls to fit in. Dig holes in the soil and tuck the roots into them. Fill soil around the roots and gently press down to secure the plants in place. Continue making holes for the plants and add the cuttings to fill in your design. 9. SET THE FINISHED PLANTER in a sunny spot and water it. Keep the soil slightly damp for four to six weeks as the plants root into place. Gently tug the succulents to feel if the plants give resistance and are therefore rooted and ready to be mounted.
succulent picture garden Echeveria, sedum and sempervivum cultivars
are shown here.