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How to Create a Dish Garden

A dish garden before assembly. The gravel is already layered in the bottom of the container at a depth of about 2 inches.

Photo © Jon VanZile

Dish gardens are easy to make at home. All you need to start are the following supplies:

  1. A container. Choose a wide, shallow container with no drainage hole in the bottom. You don't want to ruin your table or surface!
  2. Plants. Succulents and cacti are perfect for most dish gardens. They are slow-growing, beautiful, and drought-tolerant. Don't worry too much about particular species at first-just pick the ones that look the best!
  3. Gravel. Succulents and cacti can't tolerate wet roots. You'll use gravel to create a "drainage layer" on the bottom of the container so the plants aren't sitting in water.
  4. Potting media. Use a high-quality potting mix, preferably one with excellent drainage that's designed for cacti and succulents.
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