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Maybe it's their space-alien appearance, or the way they evoke the Wild West, or the fact that they thrive with virtually no care. Whatever the reason, kids love cacti. This group planting technique lets kids have their own little patch of desert, even if your climate is more arctic than Arizonan.

Prep Time: Under 1 hour
What you need:
 Plastic drawer organizer
50/50 mixture of potting soil and builder's sand
Variety of miniature cacti
Gravel
Desert decorations
Seasons: Year round
Materials: plastic container
Instructions:
1.We started with a plastic drawer organizer filled with a 50/50 mixture of potting soil and builder's sand (you can also use premixed cactus soil). We selected a variety of miniature cacti (look for them in garden centers and florist's shops), transplanted them into the soil mix using salad tongs, and lightly watered them in.

2.We then added a thin layer of gravel (from the pots the cacti came in), along with some desert decorations: a steer skull crafted from modeling clay, a guardian lizard (from a local craft shop), a plastic cowboy, and a road marker made from craft sticks
3.To keep your cacti happy, water them once a month until the soil is damp to the touch but not soggy

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