Tin Can Succulent Garden

Tin Can Succulent Garden

Tin Can Succulent Garden

This is yet another brilliant idea from Pinterest. A tin can succulent garden. It ticks two boxes. Recycles tin cans and is water wise. I took this pic just before we left for five months of traveling so some of the succulents had only just been planted. Cape Town was in the grip of one the worst droughts since records began. People were living on 50 litres of water a day. We get back home in two weeks and I can’t wait to see how the plants fared. Am also hoping the tins aged and developed a bit of rust.

You need: –

  • tin cans
  • thick nails
  • hammer
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • pliers
  • stones
  • soil
  • succulents

You do: –

Firstly I soaked the labels off a bunch of cans. Then gave them a good wash and let them dry.

Rinse tin cans and punch holes in them

Rinse tin cans and punch holes in them

Next using a hammer and a fat nail, I punched holes in the base of the cans. Using leftover paint, no idea what type, I painted some of the tins. Others, I used the pliers to cut snips into the top of the tins, and then pressed the tops over and down so there were no sharp edges. See picture below.

Paint some of the cans

Paint some of the cans

Meanwhile I had been propagating the succulents. All you need is a single leaf lightly pressed into slightly damp soil and next thing you have a plant. I went on Facebook and asked for contributions from friends. I also nicked a leaf or two when I went on a run. Am absolutely amazed at the variety of succulents and just how beautiful they are.

Propagate succulent leaves

Propagate succulent leaves

So lastly I placed stones at the base of each tin, topped that with soil and then planted my succulents.

Voila! A drought friendly vertical tin can succulent garden.

Have a great green week.

Greenie,

 

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