Wednesday, March 4, 2009

crafty/creative family: make a terrarium

Terrariums are fun to create, educational, easy, and children love them.

You will need:
  • a jar (glass or plastic) with a tight-fitting lid
  • gravel
  • charcoal (must be activated charcoal--can be found at most nurseries)
  • sand
  • moss or peat
  • loose dirt/potting soil
  • small hardy plants (water-loving)
  • small objects for decoration

Start by cleaning the jar thoroughly. Add the gravel about 1/4 inch to cover the bottom. Add about the same amount of charcoal as you did the gravel. Combine the sand, moss/peat, and dirt and put the mixture on top of the charcoal. Add plants and decoration. We added moss on top of the dirt between the plants. Water the plants. Put the lid on...and that is it! You do not have to water it or do any other maintenance except an occasional pruning.

Succulent and/or cactus terrariums can be made with more sand in the soil-mix and no lid. This type of terrarium will need to be watered but not very often.

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