Wednesday, July 6, 2011

For the Garden Challenged

In case you didn't guess, my last name is Gardner, and fyi, I am a disgrace to my last name. I am terrible at gardening! I swear everything I touch dies(grr)! I recently told my husband that once my flowers in the garden kick the bucket I will be replacing them with fake ones from the dollar store. But alas, they must have heard me because they are clinging on for dear life.

So this post is for all you fellow bloggers who are also garden challened. Lately I have seen a lot of beautiful terrariums in magazines, online, etc. and I desperately wanted to make one. But as I stated earlier my plant knowledge is limited and garden skills even more so. Needless to say I had no idea where to begin. I began to scour the internet for tutorials and videos on how to make a terrarium and here I have tossed together the things that I found useful in my own little "terrarium tutorial" enjoy!

glass container of your choice
decorative pebbles (got mine at the $tore)
fresh potting soil(I used one with moisture control)
plants of your choice(make sure they have similar climate needs etc.)
Any additional garden bling you desire!

STEP BY STEP!!!(get excited people)

1. Choose and clean your glass. Remember, when picking a glass to not choose one with too small of an opening. Its already difficult enough!
2. Place your pebbles in the bottom of your jar at least 3/4 of an inch or more. The rocks act as a filter for any excess water. Also, if you have any decoritve rocks place them intermitantly as well. I used little plastic diamonds and irridescant marbles. Which ended up looking like bubbles. So cute!
3. Layer your potting soil and sand however you like! I misted each layer with a spray bottle so they wouldnt blend too much.

4.Arrange your plants and press into soil. Here is where the fool proof part comes in....
        When choosing your plants think of what kind of maitenance you are going to be able to provide. I picked desert plants that require little water and a moderate amount of sunlight. That way it basically takes care of itself.
        I would reccoment any sort of moss, cactus, or succulant! (if youre like me you have never heard of that last one. Basically it means its soaks up lots of moisture so you dont have to water it often)
        Now for my favorite part. I bought FAKE moss covered rocks and little woven balls to place inside along with my little jewels.  Because lets be honest, two plants is pushin it already for me. So you get all the beauty of a gorgeous florist made terrarium with less maitenance than trying to actually grow moss on rocks.

Ok I know you're dying to see the results....

I'm so proud :)

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