DIY Ombre Painted Pots + Best Soil For Succulents

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine.

Can I be the first to say how happy I am that cacti and succulents are still trendy?! I have to admit, it’s become one of my favorite trends over the past few years. And if I have it my way, it won’t be going anywhere! Plus, Andy and I have too many to count around the house, so we need this trend to last! Move over palm leaves!! ;)

So, I don’t have a “green thumb”. Anything I know about gardening has been learned through trial and error over the years. Most of what I know is from researching online (message boards, reading product reviews, blogs, experts, youtube). I’ve also learned a thing or two from watching my mom care for her plants since I was younger than Charlie. :) She had too many to count, and she even let me get my own orange and hot pink cacti when I was in 2nd grade. I’ve also learned a few things from Andy’s dad (who has a huge yard – over an acre!). Yes, he has a compost jar on the counter at all times! ;)

As I am over the moon about the recent season change, I have fun plans for the garden + house plants this year! As many of you may already know, when it comes to succulents, having quality soil is more than half the battle. Don’t learn the hard way like me. You should have seen all the succulents that have died when Andy and I were just “winging it” without doing research.

Well, it’s time to put ALL the soil guessing games to rest as I’ve done the hard research for you. So here’s the scoop (no pun intended, I swear)! Miracle-Gro makes a concentrated planting mix called Expand N’ Gro Concentrated Planting Mix. Basically it makes your soil lighter and creates up to 90% more air space, giving your plant’s roots all the room they need to thrive. That is the whole recipe for success when planting these. The unique expanding plant food helps your plants grow up to 3x when water is added and all natural fibers hold up to 50% more water than basic potting soil. This is what sets this soil apart from the rest. Crazy to think that soil plays such a huge role, right?! To new learners, I have to tell you I was just as shocked as you when learning this.

Andy and I have used this on multiple plants and our friends have in their gardens too. It’s AWESOME! Rest assured, this is not just succulent soil. It’s used in all types of planting settings like potting, in-ground, raised beds, growing flowers, herbs, veggies, succulents, etc. We’ve only tried it on succulents, herbs, and flowers, but I feel like they are already thriving so much better than what we relied on last year- I won’t mention any names! ;)

This soil is surprisingly LIGHT too! Typically soil cannot be delivered, because it’s SO heavy that it could break a camel’s back. But this stuff is so light that it’s being exclusively sold through Amazon. Major perk!

As the weather is heating up quickly over here, I will be creating a new DIY project that features this magic stuff, so stay tuned to watch this in action!  Literally walking to the backyard as we speak!!! ;)

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Photography by Two Twenty Photos
Location: My sweet friends Andy & Karen’s Eichler Home (Fogmodern) in South Land Park

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