I don’t have a green thumb. My thumb is as black as they come, which is highly awkward for someone dabbling in herbalism as I am. But I love plants, and I love terrariums. I bought one from Twig Terrariums (chronicled here) and paid a pretty penny for it since it had teeny tiny customized characters in it. And I loved it dearly, right up until the moment I murdered it due to overwatering and general stupidity when it comes to terrarium maintenance.
Since the demise of my terrarium, I vowed to fix it and make one of my own. The resurrection of my old terrarium and creation of a brand new one happened this weekend. If you’re interested in making a tiny ecosystem of your own, I’ll show you how! (And here is where I solemnly pledge to keep my moss alive this time.)
First, I made a new terrarium.
- a glass container – mine is an inexpensive one with a lid from Hobby Lobby-
- rocks of some kind – I used aquarium gravel
- activated charcoal
- soil – preferably organic and with a decent content of peat
- moss – my moss is some beautiful North Carolina moss that I bought from ByLightofMoon on Etsy.
- either leaves or other moss to use for layering
- rocks/decorations/whatever you want to bring your terrarium to life
Next, add a protective layer over the rocks/charcoal to separate it from the dirt. Not all terrariums have this but, from what I read, it can be helpful. Some instructions call for adding some moss here, too, but I decided to go with the lovely leaves sent with my moss as a good protective layer.
And here’s the final result. As you see, there are a few rocks and I designed it to have a hill and a little valley. The reason for that is because I’m looking for the perfect teeny-tiny Bigfoot figurine and once I find it, he’ll be living inside this terrarium.
Now it’s on to the terrarium I resurrected.
I removed all the dead moss while lamenting the fact that I killed it in the first place. Then I topped off the soil already in it with a thin layer of fresh soil.
Then I started placing my new, fresh (and alive) North Carolina moss.
Once it was in place, I put back in the rocks and carefully replaced my tiny people so that, once again, the Times Square kiss on V-J Day lives again in my terrarium!