DIY Succulent Seat

A retired old chair can be refashioned into a great planter with some easy steps and a love of succulents.

What you need:

  • An old wooden chair, with the seat removed
  • Organic fertiliser pellets
  • Palm peat block (reconstituted in water)
  • Potting soil
  • Bonemeal or superphosphate
  • A selection of succulents from large to small
  • Weed-control fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush

What to do:

  • Make a soil mix with ½ potting soil, ½ palm peat, a handful of organic fertiliser pellets and a handful of bonemeal or superphosphate.
  • Cut a piece of fabric bigger than the cavity of the seat and press it into the cavity, to create a planting hole.
  • Don’t trim the fabric, but first staple it to the inside of the frame. Cut away the excess once you are sure it’s secure.
  • Fill the cavity halfway with the enriched soil mix.
  • Start planting the succulents, placing the larger ones towards the back and flowing off the sides.
  • Mould the soil as you go, so the design you create is not flat.
  • When all the spaces are filled, dust off the plants with a dry paintbrush and water well.

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