Cactus Garden

Cactus Garden

Over the summer (2019), I thought we should redesign the front entrance. We have been working so hard on landscaping the inside area, it was time to focus on the front driveway.  For years, we had cactus planted in half wine barrels.  We used these planters because the ground is compacted base rock, but over the years the wood rotted.

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In September, we replaced our main water line.  The guys dug the trench line with a jack-shovel, so I asked if I could use one of them.  I trenched a border line to shape the new planter bed, with the intention of putting in a raised river rock wall and outdoor lighting.






It took a couple of months to build the rock wall. All the rocks were laid out to find the perfect sizes and flatness to redo the walkway path to the house. It was dug up for the water line and that was a priority.  Each layer of the wall was then added slowly on weekends.

On the last weekend in November, we added composted horse manure to the planter bed.  The weather also worked on our favor to have warming fires to burn off the green paint on the metal barrels.  I was able to plant all the cactus in a few hours.  It turned out really well, everything works together.  I’ll continue to plant cactus and add metal objects as I find them.



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2.5 acre permaculture with heritage orchard, organic gardens, redwood forest, and riparian corridor along Love Creek at the base of Ben Lomond mountain, San Lorenzo Valley, Santa Cruz County.
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