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DIY Succulent Pallet Table

June 4, 2011 by Matti | 232 Comments

Max with the new Succulent Table.

Max with the new Succulent Table.

Can you believe that our latest DIY project was once just a couple of junky pallets and some scrappy table legs?  Crazy…if I didn’t have photos, I wouldn’t believe it myself.  Not too long ago, we whipped out a coffee table sized succulent table out of an old shipping crate.  Now we scaled it up.

The pallets.

The pallets.

First bit of advice, deconstructing pallets are a big pain unless you have the right tools…and our hammer and wall scrapper wasn’t quite doing the trick.  Boards were cracking and splitting left and right.  Good news.  We had three pallets to figure out how to do it, and by the second one…we were getting usable boards.

Couple good planks.

Couple good planks.

Love the scares of time left on these chunks of pallet wood.

Attaching the legs.

Attaching the legs.

After pulling apart two pallets, we used the 2 x 4 sized boards to make a rectangular frame to attached the appropriated table legs.  Debate went back and forth whether or not to strip the paint off the legs…we’re not huge fans of washed out creamy yellow.  We ended up just leaving them dinged up how we found them.  In the end, it worked in our favor.

Dry run for fittings.

Dry run for fittings.

Like TV magic (and 2 days later), the table was more or less put together.  We got so into the project that we forgot to take some pics during the building of the succulent hole, oops.  Basically, the top is made up in three sections.  Two flat boards make the right side, three boards make the left.  The center three boards were built as a separate planting box…again all using parts of the pallet.  We made it this way because we knew the succulent table was going to journey about 45 minutes south to Sunset Test Garden.  The plan was to make the succulent section removable so that it could ride inside the car while the rest of the table may need to be strapped to the roof of the Subaru.

Megan with some semps.

Megan with some semps.

After a weekend of slivers and sweat, we finally got to plant this baby.  Megan had the pleasure to do the ceremonial dividing up of the first bunch of semps.

Getting messy.

Getting messy.

3/8 inch holes where drilled in the bottom, and we decided to go with a fast draining cactus mix.  The bulk of the plants are Sempervivum, Sedum, and a hint of Orostachys iwarenge.  We plugged in some pea sized pebbles to stabilize and dress up the top.

Packing them in.

Packing them in.

Yeah, we didn’t hold back on jamming them.  By all means, it would be fine to plant the strip thin and let it grow in.  But when you need it to look full fast…you just hold, tuck and stick until it looks more or less done.

Succulents playing together.

Succulents playing together.

 

Finishing touches.

Finishing touches.

Here you can get a sense of how the center box is separate from the rest of the table…great for traveling.

Ready for action.

Ready for action.

Speaking of journeys, this guy is on view Jun 4-5 at the Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend in their Test Garden down in Menlo Park, CA.  While your there, say hi to Johanna Silver, aka Ask a Garden Girl and Sunset Test Guru.  She has rock star garden skills and one of the most engaging personalities you’ll find.

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October 15, 2010
by Megan
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It's October, and things are blooming!

    Happy October Bloom Day! We’ve got stuff blooming in our backyard right now. A couple succulents are doing cool things. This  Red Pagoda rocks! Sounds like this guy is going to shatter in to a bunch of  little … Continue reading

Sweet Succulents In Our Garden

August 26, 2010 by Megan | 8 Comments

Echeveria love

Way back in the day we only had one Echeveria gibbiflora. Now we have at least three decent sized ruffle heads. We’ve had quite a few sunny days recently, so I took a bunch of pictures of our succulents out back.

Dunce caps are starting to happen

How adorable is this Orostachys iwarenge from Annie’s Annuals? I can’t wait for the cool flowers.

 

Sexy Kalanchoe sexangularis

We have a lot of random things jammed in all over the place. I’m not so sure this guy is really sexy, but I like it.

 

Santa Barbara Liveforever - Dudleya traskiae

I’m pretty sure this is a Dudleya traskiae from Annie’s. It’s been around for awhile.

 

A bunch of stuff

I hacked the sad looking tops off the Senecio vitalis recently. Ever since I let the evil parasite dodder attack it, it’s never been the same. I thought it was a bizarre orange part of the plant, but it turned out to be choking the life out of the Senecio. It took me hours to peel it off.  The Crassula falcata is looking a little tough, but it has a bunch of buds.

 

Aeonium spathulatum var. cruentum

I love this cute little guy. Another one from rock star Annie’s Annuals. We usually head straight for the succulent section.

 

July 17, 2010
by Megan
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Annie's Annuals Part Deux

We had some pictures left over from our visit to Annie’s Annuals and Perennials last weekend.  If you’re looking for even more great Annie’s pics check out InterLeafings post from her visit. We were there the same day, maybe even … Continue reading