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Children's Crafts - Cactus Garden

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Children's Crafts - Cactus Garden from www.walkaboutcrafts.comPlanting a garden
Before you begin planting your garden it is a good idea to cover the work surface with old newspapers or scrap paper as the soil can get rather messy – you could even work outdoors in the summer. Wear old clothes or an apron.

You will need:
Large waterproof dish, plate or tray
Small decorative pebbles, shells or chippings (optional)
Selection of small cacti
Coarse sand
Sheet of thick paper
Old spoon or small trowel
Old newspapers

1. Line the bottom of the shallow container with a thin layer of gravel – about 1 ¼ inches (3 cm) deep.

2. Mix together the sand and the soil – use twice as much soil as sand. Spread a 1 ¼ inches (3 cm) layer over the gravel.

3. Experiment with different designs by placing the cacti – still in their pots – on top of the soil.

4. When you are happy with your design, remove each cactus from its pot. To stop you hurting your fingers on the spines, fold up some paper and wrap it around the cactus. Hold this to lift the cactus.

5. Place in position on the soil and pour some more soil and sand mixture around the roots. Press down with a spool or trowel. Repeat until all the cacti are planted.

6. As a finishing touch you can add coloured pebbles, stones, shells or chippings. Water the garden about once a fortnight.

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