I was told this story about a cactus as a child. You know the one. Man goes to sleep, is woken in the night by low rumbling sound, discovers cactus in room is vibrating, calls exterminators, they do their thang and 50 zillion baby spiders erupt from cactus? Well it's been almost 25 years of irrational cactus fear but now I love em.
I spent last weekend chipping away at my well intended diy-upcycled-recycled projects accumulated from our latest big pick up, and gave our new cacti a home.
Recycled planters - $64
3 metal bins - Side of the road
Styrofoam eskis - Side of the road
Yellow sand - Building site, side of the road. Don't worry, I didn't steal it stealth like in the night. (disappointing I know)
Selection of plants - $40 from Rita's house on the Strand in Dianella.
2 bags of potting mix - $12
Bag o rocks - $12
I drilled holes in the bottom of each of the bins for drainage.
I filled the bins with broken bits of styrofoam and yellow sand so I didn't waste the good stuff leaving about 30cm left at the top.
And voila! The latest addition to our garden - for $64 bucks!!!
I have spent the last year discovering all the local plant sellers in our area. The ones with the hand painted 'plants for sale' signs on their front lawns. It's truly incredible the treasure trove of plants that live behind those unassuming little signs. They are now my go to place for all my inexpensive plant needs.
I am so happy that I have welcomed the cacti into our garden, but I will be keeping a blow torch next to my bed - just in case.