On my morning runs, I’m usually thinking about garden ideas, new things to blog about and ugh, why do I run? Although today I was in for a treat.
Kid A and I came upon some workers trimming these huge Eucalyptus trees. Kid A enthralled with the chainsaw and wood chipper, I was taking in their fragrance and thinking about how I could use some of the logs in my garden. Boldly I asked one of the guys if he’d cut me a few pieces. He agreed!
We loaded up the jogger and headed home. I would have gotten greedy and asked for more, but the these guys were heavy and the tires were already flat with three of them.
These little fellers were gorgeous too. I decided to just enjoy them for a few days before I cut into them. How beautiful are these tree rings?
Then the day finally came. I cringed at the thought of drilling into them, but it was time. I used a 1″ spade drill bit and made four holes about 1 1/2 to 2″ deep (succulents don’t need a lot of soil for their roots).
Next I added soil and packed it in. I had succulent cuttings and wanted the soil to hold them in place. I also used regular potting soil so it would hold a little moisture since they would dry out quickly in this small planter.
I gathered a bunch of different succulent cuttings from around my garden to use.
Starting with the largest first, I gently added them in alternating green and gray colored succs. I also used sphagnum moss around the edges once they were all planted to anchor them in until they are rooted and established (plus it adds a little more color and interest).
Voila. This project literally cost me nothing, as in ZERO dollars. Plus I considered it recycling and I saved these glorious creatures from getting thrown in the wood chipper. A perfect housewarming gift for a garden friend….
And yes, I struck again. These poor Eucalyptus trees were being completely cut down. On my way to work in skirt and heels, I pulled over to ask the workers to cut me a few pieces. They were happy to, in exchange for donuts.
Almost like tears, watching the sap seep out of them made me sad, but I was happy knowing I was going to make them beautiful again.
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