What you will need
- A glass container, no lid required (scout around home or charity stores – any size will do)
- A bag of small stones or pebbles
- A selection of small, hardy, house plants
- Potting mix
- Gravel & mini animal or gnome for decoration (optional)
Fill the bottom of your terrarium with a few layers (about an inch) of stones or pebbles for drainage. Find them in your garden, or if you can’t, visit your local nursery or hardware store. An optional step is to add a sprinkling of biochar (or charcoal will do) to the pebbles to keep nasty smells at bay.
Top the stones with organic potting mix – enough to fill about a third of your vessel. Alas, soil from your garden won’t cut it here, and if you’re planting succulents like us, you’ll need a mix that’s made just for them. Why not try making your own with a recipe online.
Arrange your plants in the terrarium, using a chopstick or pencil to dig if you’re opposed to dirty hands. We planted succulents ‘cause they don’t need a lot of love to keep them pert and there are tons of different types. Plus they’re easy to grow from cuttings so you can take bits and pieces from your mates and avoid buying new.
Sprinkle gravel between and around the plants for decoration. Make it easy on yourself by using a rolled up piece of paper to spread them in little nooks and crannies.
Decorate your little green world with mini woodland creatures, gnomes, dinosaurs or whatever takes your fancy.
Add a small amount of water once a week to keep soil moist, but never wet. Don’t overwater, because it’s a sure-fire way to invite smells and nasties into your DIY masterpiece. Now, place in a spot that receives a small to moderate amount of sunlight and enjoy the view!
This project was made in collaboration between and . Lead image from
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