by Katie Bowell, Curator of Cultural Interpretation
I wish I had a green thumb. I’ve tried to grow many things but, with the exception of a mangy basil plant that’s still hanging in there, all the plants eventually give up and join that great garden in the sky. Secretly, I suspect this is because all plants hate me and would rather wither than live in my apartment, but I can’t prove it.
However, I think I may have found a plant project that even I can’t screw up: The DIY Terrarium.
What you’ll need:
- Empty clear jar with a screw-on lid
- Moss with some extra soil attached
- Plastic bag
What to do:
Head outside and find some moss. Even in this cooler weather there’s still plenty to be found. Grab a handful and put it in the plastic bag.
Take a clean jar (I’m going to use an old pickle jar) and make a little mound of extra soil on the lid.
Place the moss on top of the soil, doming it a bit so it will fit into the jar. Water lightly.
Gently slide the jar down over the lid and screw into place. If the jar has a good seal, the moisture level should stay pretty constant and the moss will keep growing. If the terrarium starts to look a little dry, unscrew the lid a little and run under water for a minute. Display your terrarium where it will get both sun and compliments!
all images courtesy of Design*Sponge