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Bring low-maintenance beauty to your outdoor space with a succulent garden!

Succulents are water-wise plants that thrive in sunlight, making them perfect for creating a stunning and easy-to-care-for outdoor oasis. Bonus! Depending on your region and growing zone, you can bring many succulents indoors for the winter giving you year-round pleasure. Succulents are practical to have in your garden because they require little maintenance and are drought-tolerant. Their leaves, stems, and roots have the ability to store water, allowing them to withstand dry conditions or accidental neglect. Succulents are also very adaptable, allowing them to grow in more challenging conditions and environments. Think about including them in containers, a window box or a rock garden! Not only are they practical, succulents provide gardeners with versatility in design with a wide variety of beautiful shapes, sizes, and colors, allowing you to get creative in your garden. Adding succulents to your garden is a great way to enhance its overall beauty. Here are 8 easy steps to help you create a thriving succulent garden!
1. Choose the Right Succulents: First, know your growing zone. Then select a variety of succulents that thrive in your climate. For example, sempervivum are hardy in zones 3-10 and sedums in zones 4-10 whereas echeveria are hardy in zones 9-11 but can be used as an annual elsewhere. Know your zone and choose accordingly.
2. Select the Ideal Location: Succulents generally prefer well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight. Choose a spot in your garden that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. Make sure that the area has good drainage to prevent waterlogging because succulents are prone to root rot if left in standing water.
3. Prepare the Soil: Succulents thrive in sandy, well-drained soil. If your garden soil is heavy or clay-like, consider adjusting it with sand, perlite, or gravel to improve drainage. Alternatively, you can create raised beds filled with a mix of succulent potting soil and coarse sand.
4. Style your Garden: Arrange rocks and boulders, outdoor décor, and even driftwood or seashells to create visually appealing levels and contours. This not only adds aesthetic appeal but also provides pockets for planting succulents.
5. Planting Succulents: Ensure that the holes are deep enough to accommodate the roots of the plants. Gently remove the succulents from their pots and place them in the holes. Backfill with soil and press gently to secure the plants in place.
6. Watering: Succulents are drought-tolerant plants, but they still need occasional watering, especially during the growing season. Water your succulents deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Be careful not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot.
7. Maintenance: Keep an eye on your garden for any weeds that may try to invade. Remove them promptly to prevent competition for nutrients and water. Additionally, monitor your succulents for pests and diseases, and take appropriate action if any issues arise.
8. Winter Care: In colder climates, consider planting your succulents in containers. Protect your succulents from frost damage by providing some shelter or bringing potted succulents indoors during winter. Mulching around the plants can also help insulate the roots and protect them from freezing temperatures. Long gone are the days of the standard “green-only” options. Succulents now come in a wide variety of colors, textures, forms, and heights. With such a vast assortment, making combinations is as “easy as pie”.

Source: National Garden Bureau. Written by NGB Member: Dummen Orange

June 19 Meeting - Clague Park Potluck


10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 19th

Please come to enjoy a potluck lunch at the Clague Cabin in Clague Park. It will be a chance for fellowship and sharing of our favorite gardening tips —-think about a tool that you really enjoy, your favorite plant or perhaps your best advice on keeping away those deer and rabbits. Please bring a dish to share. We are not trying to control who brings what---somehow potlucks always work out! We need to bring our own serving spoons and a non-alcoholic beverage. Water and tableware will be provided. The Cabin is most easily accessible using the Hilliard Road entrance to the park. It is near the tennis courts and will be open at 10 for anyone who want to help with set-up. As part of our meeting we will be taking a look at the tennis court parking lot to enjoy the pollinator garden plots that we have planted there.


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