A few years ago, a friend gave me a very nice little glass house. When I was setting up the loom room, I rediscovered it. It is perfect for a terrarium. I have never made one before, but a quick google search provided ample instruction. What did we ever do before the internet?
It certainly seemed simple enough.
First step, add a layer of stones. About an inch deep is enough. This is for drainage.
Next add a little bit of charcoal. You can buy this at garden centers. It eliminates any odors.
I then added a layer of moss. This is where there were some differences in the instructions I found. Some added moss at the end, but some added it here. It absorbs moisture. I also think it looks nice. I didn’t buy moss, though you can. I found some growing on rocks in the woods and harvested it.
I then mixed some peat moss with some potting soil and put in on top of the moss. I added peat moss because I was using woodland plants.
Once you have this base you can just get creative. I added the larger plant first and then added pinecones, princess pine, winterberries, bits of birch bark…whatever you like.
I even added a little ceramic thatched cottage but I didnt really like it. You could only see the roof so it looked like a brown blob. So I took it out and added another plant and a few more greens.