{terrarium} love

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Yesterday was the first day of Spring!

We wore rubber boots, jumped in puddles, went without the rigmarole of mittens/toques/jackets...it was a proper first day of spring.

Today is the second day of Spring! Or, as I like to think of it, the twenty-eighth unnecessary comeback of Winter.

Today we are bundled back up in winter boots, toques, mittens, jackets. The snow is dumping down and the wind is a blowin'.

To say that I find this bipolar climate of ours frustrating would be a spectacular understatement.

Ah well, at least we had yesterday!

Today, to brighten up our home and spirits {well, my spirits, the wee men love the snow}, we made a trip to the greenhouse to load up on the supplies needed to make terrariums.

{our local greenhouse also has a pet section, so we were able to get all of the supplies there...NO trip to Michaels!}

If you want to create your own, here's what you'll need:
-a glass container
-succulents {number and size will depend on the size of container you've chosen}
-large-ish rocks
-smaller pebbles
-a bag of cactus soil
-any little decoration type items you may want {figurines, crystal, decorative rocks, drift wood...the possibilities are endless}

The process:
-spread a thin layer of charcoal on the bottom of your container {this helps with drainage and keeping the smell down}
-next place your large-ish rocks around on top of the charcoal...try and place some strategically against the walls of your container so that they will still be visible as you add the next layers
-the next layer is the smaller pebbles {we used the kind you buy for an aquarium}...pour them over the large-ish rocks and then give the container a gentle shake or twist to settle the pebbles into all the spaces
-then add your soil, patting it down to get rid of any air pockets...oh, and be sure to make the soil layer deep enough that it will cover your plants roots entirely
-lastly dig little spaces for your plants, tuck them in and pat the dirt back in around them and then add any decorative items you've chosen

That. Is. It.

The wee men and I really enjoyed the process, digging in the dirt, planting the plants...a little faux gardening for our winter smothered souls!

And, pat on the back, I think they turned out beautifully.

I am pretty certain I will be making one more for the wee men's up and coming shared room but this time using layers of the brightly coloured aquarium pebbles. And maybe a little tractor and cowboy in place of the Buddha and amethyst crystal!


  1. your blog header is GORGEOUS, Kael! :) love your kiddos too.

  2. LOVE. This will be one of the first things I make for my new place!



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