There are gorgeous terrariums on Pinterest, and I’ve been wanting to try one for the porch for quite a while now.
After some research it appeared I needed a container, rocks on the bottom for drainage, a charcoal layer, and potting soil approximately four inches deep to accept the plants.
The on-line comments regarding the use of charcoal between the rocks and the potting soil seemed to be evenly divided between saying it was necessary and it didn’t last that long and wasn’t worth the effort. Since I had the potting soil and needed to purchase the rocks, I decided to forego the charcoal. We’ll see if it makes a difference or not.
A trip to Goodwill resulted in a glass bowl that I thought would work. My next stop was Wentworth Greenhouse where I probably spent as much time looking at plants as I did looking at fairy house furniture that I thought might accessorize the plants. I ended up purchasing a small, white tree bench and five plants, four of which I divided into two plants each. (I did not divide the moss because of its surface roots.)
I really like the end result. Now, I’ll be on the hunt for my dream container. Have you ever made a terrarium? Hit or miss? 🙂
Total Cost: $30.91
- $3.99 – Bowl
- $1.99 – Blue stones that match the porch paint for outside edge
- $2.99 – Brown stones for the middle
- $6.99 – Mini tree bench
- $14.95 – 5 mini plants (Club Moss Fern, Autumn Fern, Maidenhair Fern, False Aralia, Pink Polka Dot)