Succulents in a Chicken Feeder?

IMG_2070A few weeks ago, at an Illustrated Faith night, I fell in love with the craft table centerpiece. Tucked neatly into a long, galvanized chicken feeder, were a ton of colorful succulents, making a very striking statement.

So…..I came home and copied it….though on a much smaller scale!

Want something to go on a farm table, a picnic table or anywhere in the house or garden that gets good bright light? Here you go…try this:

I found a metal chicken feeder for $6.99 at Western Farm Center, added a bag of cactus and succulent mix and a little gravel…

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Then had my helper put the gravel in the bottom of the feeder…Note: the top of the feeder is designed to swing back and forth to make it hard for the chicks to sit on the feeder – it also makes a really fun “dump truck” way to add the gravel as my little granddaughter figured out!

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We took cuttings from  succulents  I had in the greenhouse (you can purchase small pots of succulents at any garden center if you don’t have any to clip)…

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…added the soil over the gravel and  stuck the succulent clippings in place.  (Note: It’s a good idea to first let the succulent cuttings sit out in a shady spot for a few days to form a callus on the end.)

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If the soil is really dry you might mist it a little but you don’t want the cutting in wet soil. They will root and grow without a lot of added water. Slightly moist soil is good enough.

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Once you finish filling in with cuttings or small plants (leaving some room for growth) set your container in a bright but not sunny spot  and watch it grow!You can bring it indoors for short periods to decorate the table but they really do better outside in bright light.

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So, off to the farm store and make yourself a sweet little centerpiece!

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