Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vertical Succulent Gardening Tutorial


All over Pinterest are examples of vertical succulent gardening.   Check out my Gardening/Outdoor board for some really unique ideas.  I saw one that used an old window frame.  Most of them used picture frames, but I had had this window frame in my garage for a couple years that I bought for 5.00  and I knew it would be perfect for this project.



I bought some hardware cloth at Home Depot.  I know Lowe's sells it as well.  It comes packaged like this and is found in the fencing department.  It is a 3'x5' piece for $12.00.  I have more than half of it left if I want to do any other ones.  They did sell it in smaller amounts.

We laid it on the window frame and stapled one side down and then cut the other side.


We then used a staple gun to staple the cloth (not sure why they call it cloth when it's clearly wire)  to the inside of the window frame.


We took a left over piece of wainscoting from our banquette seating project and cut it to fit the window frame and then nailed it to the frame.


We drilled some holes in the back for drainage.


Next I took it to the barn to paint.  I wanted it shabby so put a light coat of paint on it.



Add the dirt.  Caution, don't pour too much dirt on the hardware cloth at one time or it will pull the staples out.  This happened to me and I had to get a pair of scissors to slip in a hole and hold it up while smoothing the dirt in the holes.  It will save you a lot of work doing it slowly. The size of my window frame took almost 2 bags of compost.



Next I went on a succulent hunt around my yard.  To do this project at this size would cost a lot if you had to buy your succulents.  One succulent at Home Depot was $2.86.  We have 8 large rock garden walls that have lots of different varieties of succulents that I pulled some plants from.  My mother also sent me home with some starts of hers on our recent trip to Florida.  My suggestion to get succulents for free or inexpensively is to post an ad on your local free cycle asking for some.  I did this last year for perennial starts and received several responses.  You could also hit up your local library plant sales or plant swaps.  Or even post an ad on Craig's list.  Anyway, you start placing your succulents into the small squares.  I used a pair of scissors to poke the plants into the hole if they were too big to add using my fingers.






The window frame has to lay flat approximately 4 weeks for the succulents to root.  Once they have rooted you can stand it up.  By  Memorial Day weekend I should be able to show a picture of it up and hopefully spreading. One great thing about succulents are they grow in any kind of dirt, they spread pretty quickly and don't require a lot of water.  Happy Planting!!

UPDATE:

Here is my garden after 8 weeks:


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39 comments:

Alyssa said...

Loving the way it looks!! Can't wait to see it when the plants have really taken off!

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Thank You Kristina. I had a lot of fun doing it. It will make a great focal point. If you make one share a picture with me of yours. I'd love to see it.

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Thanks Alyssa! I can't wait to see it either. I will post an updated picture when it fills out. Have a great weekend!

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Thanks Karla! It was really fun to do. Take care and thanks for stopping by to comment.

gail said...

Really cool project with the succulents! :) Love old window projects!
gail

Karen at Bargain-ista.com said...

Oh how much I love this!!! I have been wanting to do a vertical garden. I have some old windows in the garage...I wonder if I could make them work..,,

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Karen,

I'm sure you could make it work! I say try it. If you do make one, please share a picture. Have a great day!

lcm @ Those Crafty Sisters said...

I've been wanting to do this, but was leery about using a picture frame. Using a window frame seems sturdier and easier. Good job!

Chatty Chics said...

Oh Barb! This is awesome! I can't wait to show it to my mom who loves to garden too! Great job! Thanks for sharing at my place!
Melody
One Chatty Chic

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

I too was leary of a picture frame and adding a shadow box to it seemed like too much work. The window frame already had the shadow box on it. One less step. Thanks for your comment. If you do make one share a picture of yours with me. Barb

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

You are welcome! Thanks for sharing you site on Bloggers Unite. Have a great day!

cheapcraftymama said...

That looks awesome! I love finding new uses for old windows! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It & Win It Wednesday (open now!) at www.cheapcraftymama.com!

Molly (Mike and Molly's House) said...

Thanks Barb for posting this on our Show and Tell! I just love this idea! We are always finding old windows for free on Craigslist.

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Molly,it would be a great project for the old windows. If you make one, please post pics. I'd love to see it.

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Cheapcraftymama, Thanks for stopping by. I did add this to you link party. Thanks for the invite. Have a great weekend!

Taylor-Ann said...

My mom wants this for mothers day so my sister and I making it this weekend. Love what you did. Lowes has succulents for $1.86. I would love if you shared them on my link party.

http://www.kampenlane.com/2012/04/hope-everyone-had-great-weekend.html

Can't wait to see what you make next.

~Taylor

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Taylor- what a great mothers day gift. Also, thanks for the info on the succulents for 1.86 at Lowes. I want to get a few more. Share a picture with me of yours when your done. Barb

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Oh My gosh Barb! I am in love with this clever idea! WOW! I am a sucker for plants/gardens and I just adore how you put this little girl together! Very Crafty!! Thanks for sharing! -jen

Amy said...

Get out of here, you can hang that thing?! Way cool! I've been told that even someone with a "black thumb" like me can grow succulents...I'm really thinking I'll have to try it out! So glad you entered One Crafty Contest!

Beth @ Through the Eyes of the Mrs. said...

This is such an incredible idea. I love that you used an old window to create this. xoxo

Garage Sales R Us said...

Such an awesome idea! I love it! I am visiting from the One Artsy Mama Craft Contest. I am a new follower! I hope you will stop by http://www.garagesalesrus.blogspot.com/ and do the same.

Robin

Eclectically Vintage said...

You're on an outdoors roll! I love succulents - they are impossible to kill (mine has been outside for years and I ignore it and it thrives!
Glad to see it at the party.
Kelly

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

I am making one of these out of a pallet. So glad I found you! New follower!

pgc02 said...

Using the window frame is my favorite version of the vertical garden. And I just happen to have a stock of these! Thanks for the great idea.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

THIS is simply breath-taking!!! I don't have any succulents but if I bought a few larger plants, would I be able to just kind of 'break' them apart and use them in this project? I've never worked with them.

dedemetal said...

Hello!

I love love love this project! We want to feature you and this project on our site. Can you shoot me an email? Deirdre@houselogic.com

dedemetal said...

Hello!

I love love love this project! I want to feature you and your project on our site. Can you shoot me an email? Deirdre@houselogic.com

April Hoff said...

This is awesome! I love it! Thanks so much for linking up to the "Get Your DIY On" Challenge! Be sure to come back on April 6th for our "Think Spring" challenge!

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