A Terrarium

• 02 November 2011

It's no secret on this blog that over the years I've struggled with developing a green thumb.  I'm still on the fence if this is even possible!  Anyway, I've found that making a terrarium is a fun way to practice, as you're essentially creating your own little microclimate :)  This recent creation, a desert-themed terrarium, is just about the easiest thing to maintain (because it needs so little water so who cares if you forget to water!) and I encourage anyone wanting to infuse more "life" into their space to make one.

Here's how you do it:

1. Find an open top glass vessel of some sort.  Mine was found at a local flower store (these could work too if you want an online source).

2. Fill it 1/3 (ish) the way up with pretty sand.  Use your eye to judge.

3. Add a few craspedia balls, a succulent, an air plant (really cool plants that sit atop the sand basically), and a tiny piece of chartreuse reindeer moss.  Et voila!  You have a terrarium at hand, and one that's incredibly easy to keep alive too. 

You can also find craspedia at a local florist (call first though, they aren't very common); and the remaining 3 components at your local nursery (i.e. Swansons in Seattle). Let me know if you have any questions about sourcing or technique!

image by Stephanie Brubaker for stephmodo


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