Becoming Sustainable. 5 easy steps and why it’s important.

Becoming Sustainable. 5 easy steps and why it’s important.

Sustainable living is not just a buzzword or the latest catchphrase people are using. Have you heard the words ‘reducing carbon footprint’? This is the best type of example I can visually give you. If you think for a moment about the different impression a footprint can leave depending on how it is made (e.g. heavy or light). This is the same as our carbon footprint. Depending on how we live on this earth will affect the impression we leave on it. Therefore, Becoming Sustainable will reduce the impression we make. Becoming Sustainable It’s extremely important that as we work towards Becoming Sustainable we limit the use of the earth’s natural resources. We can reduce consumption both as a community and at home and be respectful of humanity’s relationship with our earth. This is the real outcome from sustainable living and truly centres around preserving our environment. It’s all for our grandchildren and many generations thereafter. Let’s dive into ways you can become more sustainable in your family garden and in your family life. 1. Food garden Yes, it’s true, there is so much you can do out in the garden that will have a massive impact on reducing your families carbon footprint. Growing your own vegetables, fruits and herbs will mean less packaging, transport and storage. If everyone worked towards keeping even a small area where they could grow food, the impact would be massive. Now I know some don’t have a garden or they are renting. You’d be surprized just how much you can grow in pots and on a balcony. The best part is you can also...
Find out what veggies to plant now for amazing results!

Find out what veggies to plant now for amazing results!

There is nothing like growing your own nutrient-dense food for your family to enjoy. It’s a great way to get the kids involved in gardening as well. The thing is, it’s not as simple as grabbing some punnets from your local nursery and putting them in the soil. Sure you can try it, but if you follow a planting guide, which will highlight what veggies to plant now, you’ll have a better chance of success. The most important thing is getting through each season and learning from your mistakes. Things aren’t always going to go to plan. You are going to have some success, but there will be things that won’t grow as well. We want you to minimise the failure by knowing a few of the seasonal basis. Follow a planting guide A planting guide will give you a selection on what to plant for your area in each season. Climates change not only from season to season but across Australia. So you need to select the plants that will grow for you. You can download your FREE planting guide here. Equatorial / Tropical: Equatorial region stems from the tip of Cape York, Bathurst and Melville Islands north of Darwin. The tropical region spreads across Northern Australia including Cape York, the Top End of the Northern Territory, land south of the Gulf of Carpentaria, and the Kimberley region. Subtropical: The Sub Tropical region spreads across the coastal and inland fringe from Cairns down the Queensland coast and hinterland to the northern areas of New South Wales and the coastal fringe north of Perth to Geraldton in Western Australia. Temperate Climate: The Temperate...
How to Make Fun & Easy Australian Native Bird Feeders

How to Make Fun & Easy Australian Native Bird Feeders

As a family, we love being out in our garden listening to nature. The kids get to watch and learn all about the local wildlife in the area because it’s important for them to know that this is a shared environment. The twitter of local birds sure does make a garden come to life, so making Australian Native Bird Feeders allowed the kids to really connect with the native birds in our area. A good way to set up your activity is to get the kids to watch and learn which native birds visit your family garden. Get them to record the visitors and then you can work out which plants will provide the best shelter. Talk about what they eat and where you can place water so it’s easy to access. It’s important to note that when planning to attract native birds into your garden, you need to consider cats in the area. Make sure the birds are not in danger of an attack. Feeding birds with seed or bread on a regular basis is mostly discouraged in Australia due to the inconsistency in diet, however, the occasional treat, like our Australian Native Bird Feeders, is considered acceptable by most. Bird watching is a fun thing to do with kids, so place your bird feeders where the kids can observe which bird species are attracted to the treat. You can then use this information to record your findings and track their visits back into your garden. You’ll find the kids will start taking notes of birds from this moment on. You could even create a bird watching journal and get...
Beetroot salad that will make you smile at healthy!

Beetroot salad that will make you smile at healthy!

The ultimate way to make a beetroot salad is from fresh ingredients, and there is nothing better than growing beetroot in your family food garden. This recipe is a fresh, crisp and flavoursome way to enjoy a garden salad and showcase your amazing fresh produce from home. First, let’s talk about Beetroot. Beetroot Plant There are so many different varieties of the beetroot plant these days, and once you have grown it at home you will never look back, especially if you are buying it in tins. You can grow beetroot all year round in most parts of Australia. Beetroot likes a bit of shade and grows quite well in containers. The faster a beetroot grows the better it tastes, so definitely use organic matter & liquid fertiliser during the early growth stage. The leaves of beetroot are also edible. You simply cutting them off and cooking them like spinach. Beetroots grow well in a sunny spot with reasonably rich soil. Make sure your pH is correct for beetroot so add some lime if needed. They need to stay hydrated so keep the water up to them in summer. There are some amazing varieties of beetroot now that come in a rainbow of colours from orange, golden-yellow, white and pink & white stripes. Beetroot bulbs grow above ground and often look like they are not rooted enough but they are. Let them grow together in clumps, so if you have a punnet with a few together, then plant them all together. Mulch well around the base to help with water retention. Once your beetroots are a good size, pull...
Review you need to read on superior retractable hose reel!

Review you need to read on superior retractable hose reel!

Retractable Hose Reel Review Who would have thought a retractable hose reel would take me back in time to when I was a kid. You know, the good old days, when milk was delivered to the doorstep in glass jars by the ‘milko’. He would then collect the empty bottles to reuse. Remember when fruit and vegetables were bought at the local greengrocer? After weighing your selection it’s then placed in a brown paper bag which could be composted. What about when the TV or washing machine broke, a ‘repairman’ was your first point of call. Then…… society went through a change as we looked for faster more disposable and cheaper options. This changed the way we lived. It’s progress, right? The more disposable life has become the more rubbish we have created. Even for the high priced items, when you look at the cost to repair something, it’s often a cheaper decision to just replace it instead. This has also been the case with retractable hoses however I have discovered one brand that has changed that. Yes, it’s true. Delrico Retractable Hose A company that places great value on providing a product that can be completely disassembled if a part breaks, then reassembled and returned to the owner. Now that’s a massive tick because what this means, is that when you buy a Delrico retractable hose reel, your entire hose reel won’t end up in a landfill. Let me share more about this superior retractable hose reel. I caught up with Dave, joint owner and engineer at Delrico, to get a bit of background on the product. In...
Our garden fairy party decorations, create smiling faces!

Our garden fairy party decorations, create smiling faces!

Garden Fairy Party There is something so magical about a garden fairy party and the fairy party decorations, especially when you are young. Even as an adult, I have to admit, looking through a lens and seeing the atmosphere was pretty amazing. Planning a big party, with all the bells and whistles, is lovely to be able to give your kids, but it can be a lot of work and very expensive too. We found that with a few fairies lights and butterflies, plus a super cool activity we created the perfect event that didn’t break the budget. You can ditch the fairy wings and fairy costumes when your guests are aged over 8 years old. Instead, keep the fairy party decorations simple and focus on activities which involve play and fun. Then they can create their very own fairy garden, using flower fairies and fairy ornaments and make it their own. Now that’s a great way to replace the standard lolly bag as well. I’ve wasted so much money over the years on party bags filled with junk. Our family garden is our haven. It’s a place we spend most of our family time together. Why? Because it offers so much and connects the kids with nature, even if it’s just a matter of going barefoot. It’s just so good for your health and wellbeing. We decided that our garden fairy party, wasn’t going to be laced with sugary treats or paper plates and cups. Instead, we chose simple no-fuss food, glass to drink from and there was no need for plates. We were thinking sustainability and simplicity...
Garden Releaf Art. An awesome way to enjoy a garden.

Garden Releaf Art. An awesome way to enjoy a garden.

Garden Releaf Garden Releaf is an innovative program to help people understand the benefits a garden has on your health and wellbeing. Sadly nearly 3 million Australian’s live with depression and anxiety. Garden Releaf Day is a chance for you to get involved by attending one of the independent garden centres around Australia who are participating on April 14th, 2018. By getting involved you can learn a bit more about the benefits a garden offers, and most importantly, help yourself and others improve both mental and physical wellbeing. It’s as simple as immersing yourself in a garden amongst plants. A garden is also known to reduce stress, anxiety and build confidence in all your family members. Read about mindfulness for kids CLICK HERE. Plants have incredible healing properties, in fact, research continues to identify ways that both plants and being in a garden can enrich our lives.   April 14th, 2018 Independent garden centres across Australia can choose to participate in the official Garden Releaf Day on April 14th. Check the list on their website for details CLICK HERE. What you’ll find on the day will be a range of ideas, opportunities, inspiration and events that will help everyone connect with a plant or garden. Simply by connecting with nature, you can enrich your family garden life. Garden Art Our stress and anxiety release comes from plants, gardening and activities. Creating these Garden Releaf artworks, was the perfect way to talk about how we feel, what makes us happy and the benefits our garden provides when we are in it. Why not try it this weekend. Head outside and see what you can find....
Can you see an amazing succulent garden?

Can you see an amazing succulent garden?

Can you see an amazing succulent garden created out of recycled books? Correct. You can grow succulents in just about anything these days, and recycled books is an awesome cost-effective way to enjoy indoor succulents. You can pick up a hard covered book for next to nothing, especially if you go to a market or look in the discount box at your local bookstore. Take the sleeve off the book and check the condition the hardcover is in. This is a great gift for someone who works at an office desk, even a teacher or librarian would love this. Indoor succulents are a great way of adding a little greenery to your office space. With sunlight and a weekly spray of water, you’ll find them easy to look after and lovely to sit and admire. This is a great activity for the kids to do as it’s a relatively easy and fast job, as long as you have an adult handy to cut out the middle section of the recycled books. Let’s check out how it is done. Kidspot also loved our unique planters for succulents featuring our video on their social channel which was pretty cool. How to make a succulent book planter Repurpose your old books for the ultimate teacher’s gift. We know a few school librarians that would love these! Family Garden Life Posted by Kidspot on Monday, 1 January 2018   Succulent Garden – what you’ll need Recycled books (with hardcovers) Plastic containers Tape Multi-function tool Twine Succulent mix Succulent Cuttings Decorative stones Succulent Garden – how we did it We used small plastic containers...
Have you got a super teacher this year?

Have you got a super teacher this year?

A super teacher deserves an awesome gift to show your child’s commitment to learning for the year. Why not gift your new super teacher something that can grow with your child. My kids were so excited when they handed their teachers gifts out last week. It’s one of those proud Mumma moments that you get when your kids are beaming with pride. We decided to make our gifts with all elements focused on growth, so plants were of course top of the list. Rulers and pencils symbolised learning, so we wanted to include these as well. I guess this is what it’s really all about right? I love this concept because it establishes up front that the year is all about growing and learning. If your child has a top teacher this year and wants to show them how excited they are to be spending the year in their class, maybe your kids can try making our DIY teachers gifts.   New Teacher – Grow Gift Posted by Family Garden Life on Wednesday, 14 February 2018   Super Teacher – what you’ll need Planter boxes Succulent soil Succulent cuttings Decorative stones Rules & pencils Glue Super Teacher – method Cut the rulers using a drop saw and glue around the planter Fill the planters with succulent soil Add succulents and gently press down A bit more soil to cover the top of the plants will keep them protected Now it’s time for your decorative stones Make your pencil flags with leftover ruler and glue to the pencils Spray with water Note: you only need to spray succulents every few...
Flower seeds. How to make bee friendly seed balls!

Flower seeds. How to make bee friendly seed balls!

The kids will have so much fun making our bee-friendly seed balls using flower seeds. Bees and flowers make up such a vital component of our food garden production. So much of Australia’s agricultural output depends on the honey bee. Without their amazing ability to pollinate our crops, we would be extremely limited to our food source. So that’s why bees are fundamental to your garden at home. Plus sharing an activity like this with the kids is a great way to educate them on the importance of pollination and welcoming pollinators into their food garden. Flower Seeds You can include certain flowers in your veggie garden that will attract beneficial insects which are needed to pollinate our crops, and honey bees are the most valuable in performing this process. Some amazing flowers to include in your garden to attract the bees include Catnip, Borage, Lavender, Sweet Basil & Chives. Why not try growing them from seed? Many flowers are great for attracting pollinators, including the plants that belong to the daisy family. These flowers provide more bang for your buck in terms of pollen. They are what’s known as Compositae, which means they are made up of many flowers, not just one. You’ll find they are also big seed producers and often self-seeding other parts of your garden. You can use lots of different types of flower seeds or you can choose a mix of bee-friendly seeds. CLICK HERE We even featured our awesome bee-friendly seed balls on Kidspot. How to make bee friendly seed balls This activity will not only get the kids outside and giving back...
Insect hotel? How to build an amazing bug hotel.

Insect hotel? How to build an amazing bug hotel.

We built our insect hotel out of leftover building material and we also collected twigs and branches we found on a family nature walk. It was definitely a fun project to do with the whole family and a great way to educate the kids on the difference between the good guys and our unwelcomed guests the pest. Building an insect hotel helps provide cover and short-term accommodation for beneficial insects when they arrive. It’s also a good idea to provide food for the insects by planting flowers close by. This is an organic form of pest control, as some of the beneficial insects feast on the pests when they are attacking our crops. It also, very importantly, assists with pollination. Beneficial insects in a food garden include ladybirds, lacewing, parasitic wasp, praying mantis, hoverflies and of course our bees. All of which can offer assistance at your time of need. It’s pretty amazing when the cavalry arrives just in the nick of time. If you want to find out more about beneficial insects CLICK HERE Working with nature will also provide your family with nutrient dense, chemical free food you can pick fresh as you need it. It doesn’t get much better than that. Our amazing bug hotel was also featured on Kidspot. How to make a bug hotel Teach the kids the difference between the good guys (beneficial insects) and our unwelcome pests and make this adorable retreat for your local bug friends. Via: Family Garden Life Posted by Kidspot on Monday, 5 March 2018   Insect Hotel – Materials Building material off-cuts of various lengths and sizes...
How to recycle coffee pods. Amazing succulents planters!

How to recycle coffee pods. Amazing succulents planters!

You can recycle coffee pods by turning them into amazing succulents planters. Not all homes will appreciate the use of coffee pods, but there is one special little place that welcomes tiny innovations and that’s the magical world of fairy gardens. We love upcycling, it’s a great way to make the most of used items and we love working in a succulent garden. So when my daughter decided that she wanted to add some plant pots to her fairy garden, I knew just the planters to use – recycled coffee pods ! We set about creating a way to display the coffee pods to not only showcase them but offered a place for the fairies to play. A place to hang out, and hang up the succulent garden. Did I mention that our amazing succulents planters were featured on Kidspot?   How to make a succulent coffee pod planter Tackle two problems at once – keep the kids entertained while you sip on the coffee you just HAVE TO enjoy for the sake of this clever craft project! Read more here >>>> http://www.kidspot.com.au/things-to-do/activities/craft-activities/how-to-make-succulent-coffee-pod-planters/news-story/c23f1fe915ef7591b7872d55401146ee Posted by Kidspot on Monday, 8 January 2018   Succulents Planters What you’ll need: Recycle Coffee Pods Succulent Cuttings Succulent Mix Skewers Superglue Paper Pegs Twine Decorative Stones Fairy from My Little Fairy Garden Blue Bird from My Little Fairy Garden Display Tray How we built it: Fold an A4 piece of paper to A5 (fold in half) Line up skewers with the bottom corners of the paper and cross over at the top to form a small cross then glue. Repeat this again so you...
How to make colourful rainbow crowns from painting leaves.

How to make colourful rainbow crowns from painting leaves.

When the kids brought out the paints and asked me if they could do some painting, my daughter decided painting leaves was a good way to incorporate nature. Who was I to argue right? I mean when you have a child that loves nature as much as you, painting leaves sounded like a great idea. We headed out into nature and collected all different types of leaves and we talked about which trees we thought they had fallen from. It was a great exercise to get the kids to look up and pick a tree, look at the leaves on the tree and how they changed once they had fallen and marry the fallen leaves to the trees. It sparked a few questions about why leaves fall, and how trees provide oxygen, all of which got answered of course. Then we headed inside as the weather was changing and we talked about indoor activities for kids, and how we could turn our collection of leaves into a craft project. The kids loved the idea of making Rainbow Crown and using the painted leaves as the decoration to attach to the band. It took a little bit of planning, but allowing autonomy with a bit of guidance, brought together an awesome project that did, in fact, bring nature and painting together, just how my daughter had imagined.   How to make Rainbow Crowns from painted leaves! The kids had a ball making these fun Rainbow Crowns. Know someone? Posted by Family Garden Life on Wednesday, 21 February 2018     Indoor Activities for Kids Sometimes you can bring a little...
Mind health connect. How to help your kids rebalance.

Mind health connect. How to help your kids rebalance.

  Recently we featured in an article on Mouths of Mums chatting about mindfulness for kids which you can encourage in your very own garden by focusing on 3 valuable words which are mind health connect. We share this with you below: Mindfulness as an adult can be very powerful, especially when life throws you on a roller coaster. It is so beneficial to simply concentrate on the present, and not dwell on the past or worry about the future. It allows you to find a place of clear thought where you can reflect on your current situation without judgement. I have always used my garden as a place where I can focus on mind health connect, especially during the last few years when faced with difficult circumstances. These 3 words are so powerful and can easily be brought together to help anyone rebalance in their garden. Nature has an amazing way of catching me when I fall. It’s through being in my garden that I’ve found my ultimate sanctuary and place of mindfulness. Now as my kids grow they too are enjoying the mutually exclusive relationship it has with them, especially during the ‘back to school’ time of year.   Garden mindfulness for kids How did the kids go starting back at school? Maybe they are going for the first time? It can be stressful. Try getting them outside in the garden for some balance. Posted by Family Garden Life on Tuesday, 30 January 2018   Body mind life Some children feel enormous pressure when they are faced with the thought of re-entering the school environment. For my...
How to make kids lunch boxes super cool!

How to make kids lunch boxes super cool!

Kids lunch boxes can be a real challenge. Coming up with new kids lunch ideas every day is something I think every parent can relate to. When kids come home from school and their faces are red they tend to head straight for the ice blocks. You can’t help but feel sorry for them, especially wearing shoes and socks all day. We decided to supercharge the kids lunch boxes by changing the way we gave them fruit. There was nothing wrong with their fruit cut up in a container, this just gave them a chance to have it a different way. Our recipe came together by expanding on their favourite which is the classic strawberry smoothie. Adding extra nutrients through blueberries, bananas and chia seeds took the flavour to another level. It was so rewarding when the kids came home on the first day and said their friends thought they were super cool. It’s pretty hard to have the kids lunch boxes rated let’s face it, but they have proved to be a massive hit and they have been taking them every day since.   Lunch box – Fruit Smoothie Cool How to make your kid’s lunch box – Fruit Smoothie Cool! Powered by Sinchies Posted by Family Garden Life on Wednesday, 7 February 2018   Sustainable Practices Using the Sinchies pouches was another great process we implemented as sustainable living is very important at our house. What I’ve implemented this year is an unpack and repack system in our house each day after school. What we do is the kids are responsible for unpacking their school bags, washing...
How to make healthy banana bread

How to make healthy banana bread

If you are a lover of banana bread and looking for a healthy banana bread recipe, this one is sure to win you over. My family love banana’s but we sometimes find they can ripen really quickly in the warm weather, and this is a great recipe that will help make use of the overripe bananas without the addition of refined sugar. We also like making this healthy banana bread during winter as it’s a great after-school snack. Healthy Banana Bread Recipe 3-4 bananas (mashed), 1 additional banana to slice on top for decoration. 3/4 cup of almond meal 3/4 cup of coconut flour 2 teaspoons of baking powder a sprinkle of cinnamon a dash of vanilla essence a sprinkle of salt 6 eggs (beaten) 1/3 cup of coconut oil (melted) dark chocolate chips (as desired) Method Preheat oven to 160-degree C Line a bread tin with parchment baking paper. In a mixing bowl add the almond meal, coconut flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and dark chocolate chips. In a different mixing bowl add the banana, eggs, vanilla and melted coconut oil. Pour wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix through. Pour mixture into the tin. You can add some slices of banana on top if desired. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes in oven. Turn around midway through the bake. Bread is ready when it’s firm in the middle and golden brown on top. Our healthy banana bread recipe needs to cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then you can transfer to a wire rack. Due to the high egg content, I keep our...
Succulent wreath – Kidspot GUEST POST

Succulent wreath – Kidspot GUEST POST

  If you haven’t had a go at working with succulents, I highly recommend it. Not only are they beautiful plants which come in all shapes and sizes, succulents are really easy to work with. Recently, we did a guest post on Kidspot of our amazing succulent wreath. It will be taking centre stage on Christmas day, but it would look fabulous on a wedding or function table as well. How to make a succulent wreath Are you a ‘succa’ for a good craft project? This clever wreath tutorial will entertain the kids, and if all goes to plan, they could gift it to their teacher for helping your child grow. See the full tutorial >>> http://bit.ly/2AwQtZ9 Posted by Kidspot on Monday, 4 December 2017 What you’ll need: Wire pot plant stand or wire wreath Garden wire Sphagnum moss Side cutters Clear plastic tray Chopsticks Succulent cuttings Step 1. If you are using a pot plant stand like I have, using side cutters, remove the inside by cutting through the metal, then gently file any sharp edges. Step 2. Wrap the wire around the frame to fill the space and provide a base for the succulents roots to grab onto. Continue around the frame then place the frame in a plastic plant pot tray with enough room to be about to work underneath the frame so you can pull the succulent cuttings through. Step 3. Soak the sphagnum moss in water to hydrate it, then squeeze the excess water out. Place it in a bowl. Mold the sphagnum moss around the frame and build it up to a thickness...
How to make nature framed gifts on the cheap

How to make nature framed gifts on the cheap

You can truly be inspired by nature every single day. All you have to do is stop and look all around you. When my kids and I were walking to school the other day, they started picking up leaves of all shapes and sizes. My daughter then turned and looked at me and said: “aren’t they pretty mum”? When we teach our kids about nature, it isn’t long before they start to enjoy the beauty in it as well. Before we realised it, another Christmas gift was being created and might I say, quite a work of art. DIY Nature Framed Gifts What you’ll need: – $12 frame from Kmart & little hands with big hearts Want the template NOW? Quickly type OK in the comments and we’ll send it to you now! Posted by Family Garden Life on Wednesday, 6 December 2017     What you’ll need Fallen leaves, thin bark, and any other natural materials you may want to use Frame(s). We bought these frames from Kmart for only $12 each (AU) Printed A4 templates of both the chicken & kookaburra including templates of the shapes Download here:   Aquadhere CLEAR exterior woodwork glue Double-sided tape Thick cardboard Scissors Ruler & pencil Weights to hold down the leaves when glueing (we used heavy clean objects) Step-by-Step Step 1. To add the template to the cardboard backing you first need to cut out the frame insert from your sheet of cardboard. Inside the frame will be the insert it came with. Place this on top of the cardboard and trace around it. Then cut it out and make sure it...
How to make GREEN gift choices this Christmas.

How to make GREEN gift choices this Christmas.

Let’s be real about this. When most of us think of Christmas, it’s spending money in shopping centres and over buying because we get caught up in the excitement and we are always thinking that we need to add just one more thing. For Christmas this year, we have decided to make the most of our gifts ourselves or if we are buying, our purchase decisions will be made on the products long-term effect and value. What do I mean by this? Well, let’s start by looking at gifts where we can reuse and recycle what most people consider waste. Recycling Gifts Items such as coffee pod cases and tin cans are something that can easily be discarded as used rubbish but you can turn them into gifts. Food Gifts When you make something amazing, think about who else would love this? Whether that’s something for wildlife or something for us, if it can be consumed then the gift has a smaller footprint. Check out these amazing microgreen recipes by clicking here Handmade Gifts Then there are gifts you can make using cuttings and what you might have an excess supply of such as pebbles and stones. We made these DIY Succulent Jars using what we had in our craft cupboard. You could even use recycled glass jars from your pantry. If you know someone who loves birds, why not have a go at making birdseed ornaments to hang outside. Makes a nice idea for a natural Christmas tree and the gift will be consumed by the birds and enjoyed by the recipient. Check out our DIY video on...
How to make your teacher a gift they will love!

How to make your teacher a gift they will love!

Teachers gifts The kids and I started a conversation the other day about the different types of teachers gifts that a teacher would receive, and we all agreed that a gift which is made by hand has a lot of love in it. Coming from such a green family, the kids wanted to gift something that grows and one that can stay on a teachers desk. We started by making a list of different ways we can gift something that grows and this is the first of our projects. DIY succulent jars DIY Teachers Gift Get the kids to make their own teachers gifts this year. Easy peasy! Posted by Family Garden Life on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 What you’ll need: Mason jars or you can use washed glass jars from your pantry Small stones Sphagnum moss bark soil Coloured stones Succulent mix Plain swing tags, template & glue Twine Any decorations (we used gold stars) Step 1. Set your table up with each of the components for the jar layers in front of you. Start with the small stones and build each layer as a visual and textural step. Finish with enough succulent mix to promote root growth and stability for your plants. Step 2. Make sure you identify the side which will be facing the front, then carefully position your succulent cuttings based on colour, height, shape and size. Add more succulent mix to secure the plants into place. Using a spray gun, gently wet the soil and plants. Succulents don’t need much water, in fact, they prefer not to have wet feet and to also dry out in...