I’m so excited… we’ve been wanting to make shell gardens for ages.
If you are like us, you are longing for Spring to arrive. We’ve had a number of lovely sunny days here in Southern California but then a cold front has visited, the snow has fallen on the mountains and the freezing wind has returned, driving us back indoors. We have been looking forward to gardening… looking forward to planting sweet peas, ranunculus and poppies but the cold has kept us out of the garden. Today was wonderfully sunny and as I was cleaning out our shell shell display that lives in the garden, I remembered a photo I had seen a while back of a little garden planted in a shell. Kitty and Teddy were just as excited as I was to give it a try.
As our shells have no drainage holes in them, we decided to use succulents that don’t need to be watered very often. It’s easier to prevent the shell from becoming water logged if you plant something that doesn’t require frequent watering. I took some cuttings from the succulents we have growing on our deck… cuttings work very well; simply stick the cutting in the soil, give it a little water and roots should sprout on their own.
We put a little carbon in the bottom of the shells. Carbon helps to prevent mold and other unwanted organisms from taking over your shell. It’s not absolutely necessary but I had some on hand and so decided to use it.
You see, you can still garden even when Spring hasn’t quite arrived yet :-)