9/07/2009

Terrariums Bring the Wild Inside

Here it is, our second Monday and our first wonderful thing:
Glass Dome Terrariums
Terrariums last year round, are self-sustaining and portable, making them perfect for renters and urban dwellers. I collect small china plates for my bases and glass dome tops from thrift stores for under $1.00 apiece. Any clear, enclosed container will also do, from mason jars to vintage candy dishes.


My Terrarium in Ten Steps:
  1. Spread a layer of pea gravel in the center of a small plate. Try to find a saucer with a shallow indentation, meant for a tea cup.
  2. Sprinkle activated carbon on top of the stone. This cleans the water as it filters through the stones and back into the soil again. It can be purchased from a pet store in the aquarium section.
  3. Scoop on a generous amount of potting soil, finishing off what will look like a three layer cake of earthy goodness.
  4. Plant 2 or 3 small succulents. Jade plants, cacti and aloe are my favorites with no fuss or muss. Plus they won't quickly outgrow the terrarium.
  5. Place a thin layer of moss over the soil and around the plants. This gives the illusion of a miniature grass covered world. Get it on the cheap by scavenging sidewalk cracks and local parks.
  6. Populate your environment with plastic animals, marbles, crystals etc...as all tchotchkes deserve a home.
  7. Add a dash of water. Succulents need little water and with the dome it will recycle itself. I have gone for about 3 months at a time without watering mine and even then just very lightly.
  8. Wiggle the glass dome down and around the layers to seal them in and brush away excess stones or dirt from the plate.
  9. Display in a sunny place.
  10. Enjoy!



1 comment:

  1. That is very neat and very elegant looking. Thanks for the tutorial!

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