DIY Concrete Planters – Round One: Rocky

Our first attempt at making concrete planters included understanding the difference between concrete and cement. Concrete, it turns out, is cement + rocks or gravel. We really wanted cement planters – so this aesthetic was a surprise! This isn’t really a tutorial, but you can check out some images of our project – in addition to how I painted and stained the finished planters – after the jump!

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Plant Succulents in Wall Cracks

May 13th, 2012 –

Before – Meet India my foster dog! She goes to her new family tomorrow!
Some plants I already had and some found – the great thing about succulents is that is it easy to take cuttings. I have a pair of scissors in a pocket knife on my keys and I am not afraid to use them!
Here you can see how they’re tucked in! I put the rocks there just to unify the look. Hope it lasts!

I have seen crazier things with these shallow rooted plants, so we’ll see. I stuffed dirt down as far as it would go, but there’s a chance it will all fall out and the succulents won’t have enough in their root ball- I’ll update in a month!

Update after the summer: Some of these lived, and it was the smaller ones that were able to take shade from the bigger ones. I don’t believe this is the best summer¬†experiment.

May 24th 2014 –

These have really done well! I am so surprised , but then again that is the magic of succulents!

 

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Xeriscaping

I have been interested in desert landscaping, mainly because California is technically the desert and maintaining grass is a real pain. Most of it on the property was done away with before we got here, but there is still the curb to consider. Here is a great makeover of a little house, so you’ll see what I mean:

Before:

After:

See how cute it is now?! I like the variety that xeriscaping provides, and of course the low cost and maintenance over time!

Here’s the link to the full post.