With January and February leaving a BIG hole in my greenhouse-haunting life - I have turned to these little gems for getting me through the gray days. Just lift the top and get a satisfying hint of dew, soil, life!
What's even better, they don't need to cost a pretty penny.
What You'll Be A-Needin':
- Glass container (I've used Salvation Army finds - vases, little fishbowls, I've heard of people using cookie jars, mason jars, just as long as it is clear glass)
- Cover for container (I just placed pretty plates on top - you may need something more secure . . . .)
- Gravel/stones/something to provide a little drainage
- Activated charcoal (available at aquarium/pet stores - helps suppress smells)
- Interest pieces (rocks, pine cones, funky little figurines)
My terrariums have moss, a small fern and baby's tears in them. The baby's tears do well, but are invasive. I just keep giving them haircuts . . . I have found this site to be inspiring and it has helped me get a better sense of plants to try out. I have not ordered anything from them - but the plant names accompanied by photos are a good resource for learning what is what.
I was recently watching a show in which John Lennon and Yoko Ono were being interviewed in their New York City apartment kitchen. In the background, on a large windowsill, was an incredible terrarium. A very modern-looking HUGE rounded-bottom vase with a narrow neck. It looked like there were small trees (!) in it, along with ferns and the like. It was stunning and made my heart ache - for the funds and the where-with-all to have something like that in my little house.
In the meantime, I drool over these (also available at glasshouseworks.com under *Wardian Cases*).