Build a Terrarium
Think having a garden requires heavy investment?
Here's a laissez-faire approach: Make a terrarium. Moisture-lovin' plants thrive in these mini-ecosystems with minimal to no regular watering. Building one is a great activity for kids - and artist Kat Geigershowed us how to make one with stuff you already have, so it's not taxing on your wallet either.
- Getting macro fun with micro resources. Terrariums take care of themselves by auto-recycling water, which evaporates from the plants and soil, condenses on the container, and drips back down.
- Teaching a supply-side lesson. Terrariums are a fun, easy way for kids to learn how plants work - and after the initial setup, they can just sit back and observe.
- No pricey outlays. Any old jar with a lid will work, plus a few bucks' worth of garden supplies.
What You Need:
What You Need:
- Clean, dry Mason jar (or similar) with lid
- 1-2 cups pea-size pebbles (for 1 qt. jar)
- 1-2 cups garden-grade charcoal
- 2-3 cups potting soil
- Terrarium plant (such as tiny toad or pennywort)
- Moss to cover
- Spray bottle
- Add pebbles to jar until they're about a 1/2-inch deep for drainage.
- Add a 1/2-inch layer of garden-grade charcoal on top of the pebbles. This will keep mildew and mold from growing.
- Then add high-quality potting soil to top of charcoal layer, approximately 3/4-inch deep.
- Using the chopstick, dig a small hole in the soil. Add the plant, then cover the roots with soil and pat down.
- Ease moss into jar so that it surrounds your plant, and use the chopstick to push the moss into the soil.
- Use the spray bottle to heavily mist the plant and moss, twist on the lid, and you're done.