I wanted to bring a touch of nature into our home and decided that terrariums would fit the bill nicely.
In the process of making these miniature gardens, I discovered a whole new world. There are books, classes and clubs devoted solely to the hobby of terrarium building.
I can see why they are making a comeback. They are beautiful, unique and they require minimal maintenance - in fact they tend to thrive on their own.
Now onto the tutorial:
- Potting Soil
- Moss Sheet
- River Pebbles
- *Activated Charcoal (available in the fish supply section of pet stores) *only needed for closed containers
- Drainage Stones (not shown)
- A varied assortment of plants (Ask your local gardening center which plants are best suited for terrariums.)
- Glass enclosure such as cloches, vases, canisters, etc...,.
- **Base for your dome - **not needed if your container has a top opening
(I used dollar store cake pans. I sanded the coating off them and soaked them in a vinegar and peroxide mixture to give them a faux aged patina.)
Begin with a layer of stone on the bottom to allow for drainage.
Follow with a layer of activated charcoal and then a layer of potting soil mixed with activated charcoal. The charcoal is only needed if you are using a closed container like mine. The charcoal filters the air.
Arrange your plants as you would like and fill around them with potting soil. Create paths with the 'River Rock'.
Use an assortment of textures and colors to add visual interest. I thought this 'Earth Star' (Cryptanthus) provided just the right pop of color to the mixture of greens.
The placement of miniature objects such as this sweet nesting bird add an element of surprise to the enclosed oasis.
Finish by placing moss over any bare spots. Lightly water your newly planted garden with a spray bottle. Terrariums naturally recycle their own water, so they require minimal watering.
Carefully place your glass enclosure over your plantings. Place in indirect sunlight. Do not overwater. For further information on terrarium care, visit Horticulture Magazine.
I will be doing a post on these faux vintage enamel tags that I made in the future. A humble piece of jute tied onto the tag added some a bit of bling.
Every garden needs a fairy to bless your home and bring good luck.
Have you had the pleasure of a terrarium in your home? If not, maybe you should give it a try. I am enjoying this little touch of nature, while I await the arrival of Spring.
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