Cuddle A Cactus

Planning a tiny cactus garden

If you (or someone you know) has a "brown thumb" consider cuddling up to a cactus. Small, colorful cacti come in a wide variety of shapes and colors. They lend themselves to creative container gardening because they grow rather slowly. When you design your garden, it's pretty much a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get).

Choose a shallow container with a lot of surface area. Trace the container onto a piece of paper and take it along, so you have the actual size in mind as you choose your prickly new pals. Don't feel you need to fill up every square inch of space. Leave plenty of room to create surfaces and textures with sand, gravel, rocks or ceramics. And the best part is that this garden will be very forgiving. I've always followed my grandmother's rule of thumb: only water the cactus garden when it rains in Texas.