How to Make a Shovel Planter
With water-wise succulents and a few simple steps, this shovel planter design elevates vintage tools into planted garden displays.
Succulents are one of the easiest plants to grow. Made from objects likely found around your home, you can put this succulent project on display all summer long. Water thoroughly by soaking the planted tool and allowing it to dry out, ideally once weekly. Groom and trim pieces as the plants grow. If you lose a succulent, it’s easy to poke a new cutting in place.
For gardens in warmer climates, use tender succulent plants. In colder regions, choose winter-hardy Sedum or Sempervivum varieties, such as hens-and-chicks, or store tools with tender succulents indoors where they will be protected but receive ample light.
Editor's Tip: Display this succulent project in a bright area, but avoid full sun. Keep in mind that succulents require 6–8 hours of full sun each day.