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windowsill succulent garden

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I’m loving the newest addition to our indoor gardens: windowsill succulents.  On an innocent trip to Lowe’s to look at self-watering pots, we were distracted by a cute little potted arrangement of four succulents.  Then Daniel, ever the green-thumb, said, “We can do this better – let’s plant them ourselves.”  We knew the succulents would be great in our rather-wide windowsills, and when we couldn’t find a suitable planter, we had just the solution: our shipping pallets.

Our love of gardening (indoors and out) is well-documented on this site (here, here, and here), and we also happen to have a bunch of shipping pallets lying around (for a DIY table project).  The already-sanded wood we’ve harvested from the pallets made the perfect containers for our windowsill garden.

Once the boxes were built, Daniel lined them with plastic (cut from a potting soil bag) and filled them with a mixture of potting soil and perlite.

Once the succulents were settled, we trimmed the edges of the plastic just below the soil line and gave the plants a good soaking via spray bottle.

These little guys soaked up the morning sun.

We built three boxes, one for each window in the bedroom.  Daniel had yet another idea: locally harvested rocks to top the soil.  So we trekked into the woods, and we (and by we I mean he) gathered pebbles from a little creek.  The pebbles were just the right finishing touch.

Et voilà.


Written by Ann

July 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm

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  1. I love it! Good job y’all!


    July 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

  2. Have you had any problems with drainage? Don’t the succulents need to drain so they don’t rot?


    May 12, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    • That’s a great question. Ours isn’t a perfect system. We don’t water them often, since they require so little water, but every now and then we take them outside and give them a good soaking. There are small holes in that plastic liner, as well as cracks in the wood, that allow the excess water to drain off.


      May 15, 2013 at 10:31 pm

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  4. cool…. both of you


    June 6, 2016 at 5:19 am

  5. cute window dressing…..kudos to both of you

    Lima Sunny

    June 6, 2016 at 5:20 am

  6. I LOVE the window sill succulent garden!


    July 8, 2016 at 11:33 pm

  7. so so so cute! Thanks for the idea!


    August 14, 2016 at 6:57 am

    • how big should the box be – width?

      Debra Foster

      August 20, 2016 at 8:11 pm

  8. Wonderful idea , thank you so much. I am looking for new areas to put more indoor plants, I am so excited to do this :)!!!


    September 27, 2016 at 8:10 pm

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  10. Do succulents attract nats or bugs like other plants?

    Tami Ward

    October 29, 2016 at 9:50 am

  11. Felicitaciones! Muy buena creación, me gustó muchísimo, lo imitaré.


    December 6, 2016 at 10:41 pm

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  15. It’s really an amazing idea !


    May 9, 2017 at 5:08 am

  16. I’m so in love with this!


    May 18, 2017 at 8:50 pm

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