Trash To Treasure By: Haydee Latonja

Notorious among my family and friends for killing every bit of live vegetation that has ever had the misfortune of ending up in my house, I am an eternal optimist and continue to find a way to include them in my life.  A few weeks ago, I saw a picture of some beautiful succulents growing in a old coffee can.  Coincidentally, a very similar one was gracing my mantle at that very moment:photo-8

Disclaimer, I know my way around a Home Depot, but in the lawn and garden section, I get a little disoriented.  A friend was kind enough to point me in the right direction and show me exactly what to do to actually stand a chance of having my plants live for more than 24 hours.Here’s what you do:  Add a base of horticulture charcoal to the base of the can to absorb excess moisture and prevent rusting of the  can and then plant the succulents in cactus mix (which is sold in the Indoor Plants section of Home Depot, where these succulents are found).  Evidently these plants grow well when planted closely together and the best part is that they only need a small amount of water once a week.  Do the finger test:  check the soil once a week, if the soil is dry, water a little bit, if the dirt is moist, leave it be.  You can layer the top of the soil with shells or small rocks to pack down the fluffy soil.
Here’s my finished masterpiece:
imageSo don’t be afraid, black thumb-ers everywhere, we can do this!  (I’m keeping all of my fingers crossed that this story has a happy ending, but I love it so far!)

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