Anybody who knows me well knows that I love to garden and I love glass. Which may be why I love terrariums. All that goodness rolled into one thing. Makes me so happy!
My love of terrariums may date back to my short lived membership in 4H.
I joined at the end of school my 5th grade year, just in time to make a terrarium in an old 5 gallon pickle jar and an ill fated homesick trip to camp.
I was hooked on the terrarium, even if 4H was not for me.
Recently, I was cleaning out a cabinet and came across this glass container and thought it would make a good terrarium.
Plus, it’s the time of year that I start getting antsy, wanting to get out in the garden and enjoy mother nature, even if I know better.
It occurred to me that I might not be alone in my need to grow something green, so I thought that I would share how to make a simple terrarium with you!
A large container
Plants suitable for terrariums. If you are not certain which to buy, your local nursery should be more than happy to help.
First, add rocks.
The rocks help with the drainage.
Next, add a 1″ layer of charcoal.
While, the charcoal isn’t necessary it helps the rocks with the drainage.
I’ve skipped this part in the past and regretted it! #mold
Step 3, add enough potting soil to plant your plants!
Now for my favorite part, planting the plants.
Be creative and have fun with their placement!
I decided to have a little fun with my terrarium and added the sweetest turquoise bird.
However, you could leave yours plain.
Just remember, make sure what you are adding is water proof.
Last, add water.
Luckily for the plants, you rarely have to add water to the plants in a terrarium.
It’s basically it’s own ecosystem.
However, once in a great while I find that I have to add some if it gets to dry.
Think rainforest, not desert!
One last piece of advice, I like to put my terrarium where it gets a good amount of natural sun light, avoiding direct sun.
A nice thing about a terrarium is that if it isn’t happy with the sunlight, you can just move it!
It is amazing that such a simple thing can make this girl so happy!
Have I mentioned that I love terrariums?
Until next time…