Pic­ture frame ver­ti­cal gar­den

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Self- Sufficiency -

A small ver­ti­cal gar­den in a pic­ture frame is easy to make and a great seller.

1. Take cut­tings of suc­cu­lents, leav­ing a 5cm stem at­tached. Let them dry for a cou­ple of days.

2. Find a wooden box with low sides, plus a fancy pic­ture frame. The box should be about 3cm smaller than the frame. Turn the pic­ture frame over and sta­ple a piece of wire mesh to the back to just cover the hole.

3. Flip the frame over and line the box with heavy-duty black plas­tic.

4. At­tach 2cm-an­gle brack­ets to the sides of the box. Place the pic­ture frame on top of the box and se­cure it.

5. At­tach two D-rings to the top of the box on the back for hang­ing.

6. Fill the box with suc­cu­lent pot­ting mix. Plant the suc­cu­lent cut­tings in be­tween the mesh un­til the frame is filled. You can use sphag­num moss to fill in any gaps.

7. Leave the box and frame ly­ing flat for six weeks or more un­til roots de­velop, an­chor­ing the suc­cu­lents.

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