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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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  18. Ahhhhh 5 years after your article (2017), I’m renting while looking for a retirement house.
    Which means no garden. Pots or plants. That just won’t do!!
    A trip to Lowes brings a flat of sedum, cedar fence boards , and bag of soil . A 6 foot board will fit in my small car while a pallet won’t. At $2.75 cheap too.
    Two cuts with a saw and screws equal a 24 inch cedar planter. OK toss in scraps for the ends.
    In goes the soil and sedum equals in or outdoor planter. That will last for awhile.
    Or subtract the screws and transplant into the new garden.
    Closing on the new house is a month away. My rental 12 x 12 patio is edge to edge with plants. Alright a couple of boards and ….well the new place does come with an acre…what eles am I to do with all of the plants ?!

    Greg Sanderson

    June 30, 2017 at 5:54 pm

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  25. kinda annoyed with how easy this looks. 🙂


    July 15, 2019 at 11:10 am

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