C decided we needed to build one of these. But there seemed to be a lot of stuff we needed from nursery supply stores - not really an option for instant gardening. So we improvised.
First we used the wonderful kit some of our friends had given to us as gifts for the children. Watching the soil tablet expand into soil was pretty amazing - and C really enjoyed planting the little seeds.
|All-in-one seed kit|
Glass jars were easy - I'm a hoarder, and an old olive-jar I'd kept at the back of the cupboard was just the right size.
We need gravel? A scoop from our driveway did the trick. Needs to be clean? Soap, water and a strainer did a wonderful job - and overflowing the container helped get rid of the bits of wood and other detritus that was in our sample. Including a 'very beautiful' piece of glass.
|Our empty Terrarium|
No sphagnum moss? Well, it needed a filter layer. I suggested an old hanky, but C came up with the better idea of coffee filter paper - it worked brilliantly.
|Trimmed, showing the layers of gravel, |
charcoal, coffee filter and soil