Create an Indoor Desert Garden
Fashion a miniature desert scene with a container garden of cacti and sand mulch.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Water the Plants
Water all the plants in well. In summer, they can be watered whenever the surface of the soil dries out. In winter, they should be left dry; start watering again sparingly when you see signs of growth in spring.
Apply a Sand Mulch
Use the spoon to spread fine sand around the surface of the planter. This helps water quickly drain away from the surface, preventing rot, and gives the planter an authentic desertlike appearance. Set your arrangement in a bright, sunny position.
Top Tip: Watering Crowded Pots
Cacti are often sold when the plants are almost overflowing the sides of their pots, making it tricky to water them properly before planting. Sit these in a container of water until the root ball is damp.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Follow these simple tips to have fresh produce throughout the entire year.