I forgot that I had a taken a photo of my Land Park cactus garden last week. All the cacti have done extremely well this summer. People think that it's difficult to grow cactus in Sacramento, but I have a secret ingredient: Cactus Juice. It's a calcium-based fertilizer. You mix one teaspoon of Cactus Juice per gallon of water every 10 to 14 days, which for this Land Park resident means every other feeding -- during growing season, of course. Now that it's raining, I won't water the garden until next spring.
Last year I surrounded the tender cacti with water wells, but they've outgrown that protection. I generally lose a little bit of foliage on the succulents to frost freezes, even though I cover the garden with protective sheeting. So, if it ever stops raining today, I need to cover up the cactus garden for the winter.
See, this is what happens when you sell short sales in Sacramento and homes in Land Park. Too busy to tend to a regular garden. The only gardening thing I have time for nowadays is to grow cacti. Well, that and playing Angry Birds on my iPad.
What do you think of the "necklace" around the barrel cactus? Looks rather Elizabethan, no?