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This holiday weekend I tackled 2 firsts: making waffles and potting plants!

#1:

Table set for brunch, right before the waffles were served!

Table set for brunch, right before the waffles were served!

#2:

Any of you who know me know that I tend to stay far away from trying to keep plants alive. I’ve tried and failed too many times to count, and I finally accepted that it just wasn’t my thing. After several months in San Diego, I began to wonder about succulents… And then when a lovely friend gifted us with 2 painted pots, I decided it was time to give it another go!

My raw materials

My raw materials

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Step 1 — Fill the bottom of the pot with broken shards, about 1 inch deep. Predictably, this part was pretty simple… On an entirely unrelated note, I was very good at it…

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Step 2 — Pour in the Cactus Mix soil (different plants like different kinds of soil — I used E.B. Stone Naturals Cactus Mix). I also excelled at this part, which may have actually been easier than Step 1…

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Step 3 — Plant the plants. Literally, just trim the stems to a desired length (long enough to anchor the plant until the roots take hold) and poke them into the soil. Marginally more difficult than steps 1&2

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Step 4 (not pictured, but say hello to Jasmine from last week!) — feed your new Buds with water and fertilizer. I used a mixture from California Cactus Center.

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Step 5 — Step back and admire your handiwork!

So overall, the planting experience was quite easy. But now the hard part begins: keeping them alive… Wish me luck, I’m going to need it!

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