Hello, lovelies and Happy St. Valentine’s Day! How do the gardens grow out there? Here’s hoping that this mild spring has many of you crumbling soil between your fingers and finding it rich and ready for planting.
But in case it’s just a tad too early for some of you, we’d love to share a fabulous rainy day garden project with you: terrariums! These sweet creations can be made for almost any light conditions, they are easy to care for, and they make a super fun project for small groups. On this last note, we were honored to visit the Garden Club of Macon where we put some of these delightful mini ecosystems together.
First thing’s first, you have to decide what kind of terrarium you have a home for. Low-light terrariums are closed and direct-light terrariums are open. When it comes to choosing a container, you can choose to be thrify or indulgent, and by that we mean that just about any old jar will do (Carmen is holding a terrarium above that is in an old pickle jar!) or you can spend a pretty penny and really enjoy an unusual shape for years to come. Whatever you choose, your first step will be to make sure that your container is clean as a whistle, so that no little bacteria stow away in your terrarium. A foam paint brush can be a great tool to use for this, and pipe cleaners are a lifesaver for those hard-to-reach spots, especially if you have an unusually shaped container.
You’ll want to line the bottom of your container with something that mimics natural drainage – like small stones or broken pottery, just something large and irregularly shaped enough to allow excess water a place to drain. The type of soil you use depends again on whether you’re going for a shade-loving container (potting soil) or an open arid container (cacti or succulent potting mix). Let me say from experience that it’s really temping to pack your little world with plants, but keep in mind that even slow growing specimens will want some elbow room, so be sure to give it to them. There are many plants that do well in terrariums, but here is a partial list from a great source for each kind: for low-light terrariums: ferns, mosses, baby’s tears, hypoestes, fittonia, ivy, peperomia, sanseveria, and schefflera. For high-light terrariums: cacti,, jade, aloe, borro’s tail, earth stars, echeveria, haworthia, and sedum. Choosing these plants is a great way to get to know your greenhouse professionals though, so stop in at your favorite nursery and tell them what you’re up to!
We’d love to see your creations if you give this a go, so send us an email or drop us a link to your blog. Happy creating!
P.S. We think these would make wonderful centerpieces for a wedding or party!