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We are seeing succulents everywhere these days. With the growing popularity of these easy-to-care-for mini plants, we want to show you how simple creating a succulent garden really is. The versatility of these stunning little plants make the possibilities endless as you create a truly unique succulent garden planter to enjoy year round. You’ll need four main components to begin your project:

1. A Planter. Pick a planter or container you love. Having holes in the bottom for excess water drainage is suggested, but not necessary. Just be sure not to over water your succulents. Try thinking outside the box when choosing a container – consider a vintage toy truck, old metal lunchbox, a large clamshell or a small tea cup, for instance.

2. Soil. Choose a soil that is very “fluffy” and drains well. These succulents like it dry just like their native desert environment.

3. Succulents. When choosing your succulents, don’t worry about matching, these stunners look great with anything. Pick the plants you love. Succulents are so unique and beautiful, coming in such a variety of colors (not just green). They also have some fun “common names” such as donkey tails, string of bananas, blue fingers, pork and beans, and baby toes. What conversation starters!

4. Soil Toppers. When creating your succulent masterpiece, it is a nice finishing touch to add pebbles or small rocks on the top to hide any soil. Possibilities are endless…sea glass, shells, beach rocks, river rocks, painted rocks, aquarium pebbles, etc. These toppers are optional; instead, you may choose to tightly pack your succulents so as to hide the soil from view. Whatever look you love, go with it.

After gathering your supplies, take your container and line the bottom with a coffee filter. Why? This will keep any excess dirt from running out of the bottom drainage holes after watering. Fill with your planter with succulent soil and place your succulents. Start by placing your succulents in different arrangements and groupings so you can pick your favorite before digging a hole and planting. Look for contrast in color, height, and shape as you keep filling your container to your liking. The soil should be fairly loose, to allow for adequate draining, but not so loose that a plant falls over if touched. When you are finished, clean the edges of the container and “top dress” with rocks or pebbles if you choose to hide any visible soil. Enjoy your one-of-a-kind succulent garden container. Simply place in sunlight and water once a week or once every other week to allow the soil to dry out in between watering. Succulents like well drained soil. Whether you are showcasing your succulents indoors or out, a little water and sun is all they need.

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Well it has been a roller-coaster ride in regard to spring temperatures, however our excitement for enjoying the outside hasn’t diminished. Hopefully the weather continues to stay warmer so we can enjoy the kick-off to summer this Memorial Day and create more great experiences for our customers! With the near freezing nightly temps, we had to manage our plant inventory carefully, and hopefully you haven’t lost too many of your own. Many annuals need protection on these cooler nights especially when near freezing. Cover carefully in the evening and remove in the morning after temperature rises above the freezing mark.

Olson Toon Landscaping sponsored Greenway Station’s Spring Savings Soiree this year and as a part of our sponsorship we hosted a succulent planting workshop that went over very well. We have been getting so much interest via emails and social media, we decided to put on a few more workshops at our booth during the Greenway Station Farmers’ Market on May 26, 2016 and June 16, 2016.

On May 26 we’ll be hosting a workshop called “Container Planting with Annuals” at the Greenway Station Farmers’ Market. We’ll be holding demonstrations every hour from 8am-1pm teaching you how to create show-shopping containers of annuals just in time for all your outdoor entertaining over Memorial Day weekend.

Similarly, on June 16 we’ll be hosting another succulent planting workshop at the Greenway Station Farmers’ Market! This time we’re taking a masculine slant on planting succulents so that you can give dad a truly unique and beautiful gift this Father’s Day.

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