Making my 1st Terrarium

Posted by: Frances

January 20th, 2011 >> Crafts, Educational, Outdoor Activities

Matt and I were watching CBS Sunday morning the other day.  They had a special on Terrariums and I was inspired to make one of my own.  So… I ended up making four and Matt made one.  So, come to find out they are quite easy, but require some patience.

Supplies: Gravel or Rocks, Horticulture Charcoal, soil, weed stopper mesh, plants and a container (i.e. fish bowl, or something enclosed)

Step 1: Buy a jar or glass bowl of your choice

Step 2: place about and 1 inch to 2 inches of rocks on the bottom

Step3: cut a piece of the mesh to lay on top of the rock to act as a barrier for the soil to stay above the rocks

Step 4: mix about a cup of charcoal with the soil.  You only want enough so that if you take a handful you can see some of the charcoal mixed in the soil

Step 5: add water to the charcoal/soil mix until it is moist.  You have put too much water if there is water pooling in the bottom of the bowl you are mixing it in.

Step 6: put a very small scarce layer of the charcoal on top of the mesh

Step 7: add the soil on top of the scarce layer of charcoal (about 2 to 3 inches deep)

Step 8: plant your plants into the soil in the order you like

Step 9: Slightly water when completed

Step 10: put on display

These are the ones I have made:





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