Indoor gardening: how to build a terrarium

Indoor gardening: how to build a terrarium

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Indoor gardening: how to build a terrarium

An indoor garden is an option when you don’t have enough space to grow outdoors. For instance, terrariums can add beauty to dining room tables, desks and small spaces in the house. Having green plants nearby keep away the winter blues. These amazing oxygen boosters only take 20 minutes to create and come in different sizes. Plus, they can last endlessly with little water. Check the following DIY instructions on how to plan your very own terrarium:

Before you start
Consider which environmental needs plants have before deciding on having a closed or opened terrarium. An open container might be a good fit for sun-loving plants, while plants with high levels of humidity should be at a closed container.

Materials
Trowel, sheet moss, terrarium plants, container, activated charcoal pieces, potting soil, fiberglass screen, landscaping accessories.

1) Step One
What you need first is a clear glass open top container. A base, a fishbowl or a mason jar can also work. Remove stickers or price tags and leave no unwanted residues. Visualize how you want to arrange the plants inside the jar. Get inspiration on Tumblr or Pinterest and start planning!

2) Step Two
Place small rocks in a layer, about one and a half inches on the bottom. Its purpose is to collect the water drainage. Then add a second layer of potting soil using a spoon. The size of the container will determine the depth of the rocks, probably between ½ to 2 inches.

3) Step Three
With the use of your hand or towel combine charcoal with soil and fill the container one fourth to one third. You can also soak dried sphagnum or sheet moss. Make sure to avoid large air pockets. Charcoal may come under shards or small granules. Use enough to cover the rocks, it will reduce fungi, odors and bacteria. That way, the plant’s roots have plenty of room to fit and grow, so don’t forget to add enough soil.

4) Step four
Remove all dust excess soil off the roots of the plant. With the help of a spoon, make a hole big enough to add the plants inside. Press the soil firmly and hold it in place. Add soil around the top and tight the soil down around the base. Place the little plants in the container and keep away from the edges.

5) Step Five
Continue planting the rest from largest to smallest. You can always mix colors, plants and sizes in order to make it visually impressive. There’s probably dirt around the container, so clean it with a little bit of water.

Tips and tricks
For maintenance, water 1-2 times per week. Avoid any kind of moss. If the terrarium is open, soil should never be dry, just moist. As time goes by, check the terrarium’s water needs considering how dry the soil is.

After you’re finished planting, you might add some accessories such as toys, sticks, stones, little figurines or layer of rocks.

Watering is not required for closed terrariums. Do not place the terrariums in hot areas or under direct sunlight. To provide ample humidity, mist the terrarium.

This is a great DIY project, and remember that the most important tip is to have fun while doing it!

 

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