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Eye-Catching Succulent Plant Frame
Add artwork to your garden with a living succulent plant frame

If you really want to add some design and flair to your yard or garden, you'll be very interested in today's topic!

By simply using an old picture frame, you can make living outdoor wall art that will definitely become the focal point of your patio or deck area.

These picture frame hanging planters can be filled with succulents, but you can also get imaginative and add in pieces of drift wood, interesting shells, bits of colored tile, or just about anything that grabs your creative interests.

Here's How to Make Your Own Succulent Frame

1. You can use any old or used frame - and any size - as long as it is at least 2-inches (5 cm) deep, or you can make your own.

2. To make your own, choose any kind of wood, or driftwood that you want. The pieces of wood can be any length. Just make sure you choose wood that is at least 2-inches (5 cm) deep. Nail the pieces together into a frame. You now have a custom frame that is 2-inches (5 cm) deep.

3. Staple or nail 1/2-inch (1 to 1.25 cm) hardware wire mesh to one side of the open frame. If desired, add trim on top of the mesh to hide it. (If you're a skilled woodworker, you can also cut a channel into the wood and slide the mesh into the channel so the cut mesh edges don't show.)

4. Then staple or nail a piece of exterior plywood or redwood on to the other side (the open back) of the frame. There don't need to be any drainage holes.

5. Place the frame flat on a table so the plywood backing is down and the wire mesh is facing upwards. Now your planter is ready to fill with good loamy growing medium. Fill to the wire mesh.

6. Carefully work your plants into each wire mesh square.

7. Here is where you can get creative too, by adding in driftwood, shell, tile, etc.

8. Once your planter is done, allow it to stay flat. Place it in full sun, and water when needed until the plants are well rooted. This can take 1 to 3 months.

9. You'll be able to tell when the plants are rooted; when you gently tug them they feel firmly rooted.

10. Now you can hang your living artwork anywhere you want as long as the plants get the light and water they need to stay healthy.


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Lady Beetles

Commonly known as Lady Bugs, eat aphids, mealybugs and many different types of insect eggs.

If you want to use them as beneficials in your garden, release them at night, or keep them in their wire topped containers for a day or so before release.

Either technique will help keep them in the area, and working on your specific insect problems, instead of just flying away.

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