May 3, 2010
In front of our home we have a drought tolerant garden filled with, among other things, Agave plants. Agave is a cactus plant in which tequila is derived. It’s hardy, sculptural and no green thumb is necessary to plant or grow. In keeping with our Cinco de Mayo “get your drink on” fiesta on Wednesday, I pillaged the pups of these outrageous plants, recruited my chiquitas (ages 4 and 6) and planted them into terracotta herb pots for our tables the night of the party. The only cost associated for the table décor for 50 guests was the cute pot, and in this economy that’s a bonus. The sun was out, my girls were happy, we were covered in dirt and we had the best Sunday morning I can honestly remember.
What you will need…
Gravel or stones
Agave Pups (I literally just cut off the small off shoots or pups from my large agaves in the yard)
Fill the bottom of the pot with a layer of stones or gravel (for drainage). Fill to the top of the pot with potting soil. Water to dampen the soil and poke a hole in the middle of the soil. Stick your agave in the hole (get your mind out of the gutter) and water again. The water consolidates the soil, so it will get pushed down a bit. Add more soil and a little more water. Enjoy!