Not all of us have the luxury of living close to the beach. However, that doesn’t stop one from yearning. Luckily in today’s post we are going to have a look at how you can bring the beach to you, well a shrunken down size.
It can be tough living away from the beach when you know in your heart that you are a beach, dweller. Dreams of spending days lying in the sand, the sound of the waves crashing as you slowly drift off to sleep. It really is a paradise. However, not everyone can live on the coast and enjoy these luxuries provided by the vast blue mass. Luckily, we have a little project today that’s going to help bring the ocean to you! This great DIY project is going to be pretty darn cheap, especially since you can get most of the materials needed from around your home.
What we are going to be building today is a beach in a pot or a coastal garden in a pot. Really it’s up to you how you want to build it. I personally prefer to make it a beach, but like I said, feel free to get creative with this, we would love to see what you come up with.
Like I said before, the supplies needed for this are few, and luckily, most of them can be found around the house or purchased on the cheap. For the one we will be making today here is what you are going to need (borrowed from sunset.com):
- Low, wide pot or bowl, approximately 14 inches in diameter
- Potting soil
- Three small, slow-growing plants in 4-inch nursery pots
- Horticultural-grade washed sand (a 1-qt. bag is enough for a 14-inch pot)
- Small pieces of driftwood or other found objects
- Any assorted miniature objects (Wooden picket fence, beach chairs)
- Marbles (if you want ocean)
- Partially fill the pot with the potting mix
- Pop the plants out of their pots and gently place them in the soil.
- Add some more soil around them to ensure that they are properly covered
- Tamp the soil to make it firm
- Fill the pot with water to thoroughly moisten
- Pour some sand on top of the soil, be careful not to suffocate the plants
- Add any decorations you want on the sand
As you can see the steps for this project are pretty, simple. Also don’t forget to constantly water the plants when you get a chance. To see some more in-depth steps, have a look at this article on Sunset.com.