5 Tips for Gardening With Children + DIY Polka Dot Succulent Pot

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

I know I’ve gushed to you about my succulent obsession before – anyone else obsessed?! Adding a pop of green really adds fresh life into any space!

I have so many DIY planters, I don’t know what to do with them! ;) And now a days, I’ve been over the moon about keeping my succulents thriving!! This past week, I felt extra inspired to make a new DIY planter to share with all of you. For those who missed it last week, I did a ton of research and discovered the perfect soil that keeps your succulents healthy. Yes, I am totally guilty of learning this the hard way! ;)

So I found this super lightweight soil from Miracle-Gro. It’s actually 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. I like to call this “unique expanding plant food!” Plants grow up to 3x better when water is added and the all natural fibers hold up to 50% more water than basic potting soil. This is what sets this soil apart from the rest. This stuff is basically like magic!

Last week, Charlie and I had a hay day with this stuff!! ;) It’s super easy to use and super kid friendly. It’s safe to say we’re OBSESSED!

This stuff is crazy-versatile for the garden!! You can use it 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 its awesome! Just remember, you can’t find this just anywhere – you can only order it exclusively from Amazon.

Charlie and I have been spending so much time together in the garden lately- it’s sort of our new thing. ;) It’s been such a huge game changer and learning experience for both of us. I just had to share a few tips I keep in mind when working in the garden with Charlie. Remember- progress not perfection! ;)

5 Tips For Gardening With Children:

  1. Keep it fun: This is definitely the most important requirement! Moms know that they can’t have a perfect garden- or even household when there are children involved, right?! Charlie loves playing in the dirt, and I have to admit, so do I! ;)
  2. Start small: I would LOVE to have a garden full of colorful flowers and veggies, but I have to admit the upkeep would be way too much for this busy mama bear. Succulents have been my fave plants lately because they require very little care, and they are super easy for Charlie to take care of! These mini ones are Charlie’s favorites!
  3. Bugs are a must: I shared all about Charlie’s new pet snail in our most recent monthly recap. Although I’m deathly afraid of anything that crawls, Charlie is the complete opposite and was SO excited when we found a few creepy crawlies in the garden. 
  4. Encouragement: This one is HUGE! The main reason I love gardening with Charlie is because it gives him some responsibility and teaches him patience and persistence. He loves to come home every day after school and measure how much his succulents have grown. ;) I have to remind him once in awhile, but love the fact that such a simple task is secretly teaching him essential life lessons.
  5. Use good soil: Choosing a quality soil makes the biggest difference when gardening. Soil is the most important part of the garden that holds down the fort, and I would be devastated if all of Charlie’s hard work was ruined in a few days due to low grade soil. We used the new Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro, and our plants have lasted for weeks already! (A HUGE win in the Johnson household). P.S. This stuff is messy- don’t forget the gardening gloves!

How To Make DIY Polka Dot Succulent Pots


  • Three small clay pots
  • Light pink paint
  • Bright pink paint
  • Paint brush
  • Small paint brush
  • Succulents
  • Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro potting soil
  • Water


  1. Paint all three of your mini pots with your light pink paint and let dry.
  2. Once dry, use your small paint brush to paint on your polka dots and let dry.
  3. Once your clay pots are completely dry, it’s time to plant your succulents!
  4. Place your succulents into your pots, then fill the remaining space with your Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro potting soil.
  5. Add water!

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Photography for Best Friends For Frosting by Two Twenty Photos

Location: My sweet friends Andy & Karen’s Eichler Home (Fogmodern) in South Land Park

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