Happy Earth Day: April 22!
Today’s a good day to plant a tree and spread some good vibes to mother earth.
Having plants around me always makes me happy. It’s a great to bring some color and a touch of nature into a room. I went to the hardware store recently and loaded up on some plants. One day, when i have my own space, i would love to get an herb and vegetable garden going. I’m still learning, but i’ve got some rosemary, basil and even a ghost chili plant in my backyard that I’m testing my green thumb on.
Today’s post for Earth Day is the ever so popular Terrarium. I’m sure that you’ve seen these trending lately on Pintrest. And what’s not to love?! Small plants arranged inside of tiny vessels, like a mini ecosystem! I especially love succulents, they’re so interesting looking, like alien plants!
Plants ( i chose succelents/cactus)
Soil (I choose cactus soil for mine)
Activated Carbon (I picked some up at the pet store)
Small rocks/Pebbles (pet store or michaels)
Sand (gardening center)
A Vessel (clear glass containers allow for viewing :))
1.) Start with a clean vessel. I got my glass containers from Michael’s and Homegoods.
2.) Place rocks at the bottom on the container (about 1 inch), this allows for the soil to drain.
3.) Add the activated carbon (charcoal), about 1/2 an inch. The charcoal will help filter the water in the terrarium, as well as absorb odors.
4.) Add your soil, about 3 inches worth, or enough to allow for you to plant your plants.
5.) Decide how you want to arrange your terrarium, be sure to contrast the heights of the plants and think about how the colors of the plants work together. I like to have 1 main focus plant and add in a smaller funkier plant.
6.) Take the plants out of their containers and gently let the roots breathe. You can remove some of the excess dirt from the plants’ roots and place into the soil in your terrarium. Add soil around the plant to “plant” it. Continue with the rest of your plants the same way.
7.) I like to add sand to the top of the soil to make it look “deserty”.
8.) You can also add some moss to the top for decoration. I also added in a small Panda in some of them. These are just small erasers that you can get from the Japanese market.
And that’s it! :)
Succulents need lots of sun, so make sure that you keep these near a window that will be getting lots of sunlight. As for watering, depending if you have an open or closed terrarium, i water mine about once every 1-2 weeks.
HAPPY EARTH DAY! :)