Succulent Sunday Part 2

Is it seriously already Monday? Walker and I had a surprisingly productive weekend. After a successful Saturday morning project (yay for empty/clean closets!), we were inspired to check a few more things off of our list.  It happened to be a beautiful day so we decided to make playing with cacti our new Sunday tradition.

Ages ago, we found an old wooden crate left as a freebie on the curb by one of our neighbors and snagged it.  But it has been sitting ever since because we haven’t known what to do with it. So after last week’s succulent garden was such a success, Walker and I agreed that our old red crate would look awesome as a planter box.

While the process was similar to last week’s post, there were a few additional things we did to make sure the box would drain well and stay protected a bit.  We drilled additional holes in the bottom of the crate for drainage.  We also used polyurethane spray to coat the crate to protect it from the water (follow the instructions on the can and make sure you let it fully dry before starting the project!). Before we placed in the soil, we lined the bottom of the crate with a small layer of rocks for even better drainage (ok this is going to be pretty heavy…). Lastly, we cut off two pieces of the plastic containers the succulents came in and stapled them to the inside of the handles so we could fill the container higher with soil.  I know… we are so resourceful! ;)

Otherwise, the process was similar to the last time!

We used white aquarium gravel as the top layer of our succulent crate parfait to make it look a little different from our other succulent garden.  And there you have it: Wooden Crate Succulent Garden.I know this project was similar to last Sunday’s adventure but this is only part 1 of 2 of our Sunday backyard beautification project!  Where is this giant crate going to live?  What are you going to put in that empty space in the backyard where your bike used to be (thank you garage space!)?  You will have to check back tomorrow for all secrets to be revealed! Bwa hahahah!

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  2. asad

    February 19, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I came across your crate garden and I want to know if watering has been different than when you had cacti/succulents in smaller pots.
    I did a similar project with a 12″ high x 14″ long x 12″ wide wooden crate. I live in NYC so I haven’t had to water my cacti during the winter. I last watered the cacti in late-Oct 2014 before doing this project so my concern is the possibility of waterlogging these young plants when I resume watering in April.

    • Erika

      February 20, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      Hello Asad! So far, my experience has been that the watering technique has been the same for large and small planters of succulents. A basic rule of thumb that has worked for me is to only water the succulents when the soil has almost completely dried out (for me with succulents outdoors in CA, this has averaged out to once a week or so. You will have to keep an eye on it at first until you figure out how often yours need water). Then I give it a lot of water, so that the plant starts draining it from the bottom of the pot (good drainage is really important so the roots don’t rot). Succulents like a lot of water once in a while rather than small amounts frequently.

      So the technique is the same regardless of the size of the pot, but obviously it will take more water to properly water (and have it drain out of) a large planter than a small one.

      I hope this helps! Please let me know if I can give you any more info! :)


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