How to Create a No-Fuss Garden
Terrariums give you low-maintenance beauty all year long.
Before You BeginAside from the terrarium itself, you don’t have to buy any special implements to assemble or tend to it. A few standard gardening tools―and a couple that you can make yourself―will do.
- Rake and shovel: Use a piece of string to tie a pickle or dessert fork to one chopstick and a demitasse or iced-tea spoon to another, says Marilyn Burke, who teaches terrarium workshops at Classic Country, a home store in East Chatham, New York.
- Tamping tool: Stick a wine cork onto the end of a grilling skewer. This tool is ideal for gently pressing down on roots after planting to make sure they’re firmly anchored into the soil.
- Narrow bulb trowel: When you’re setting up the terrarium, shovel loose material, like pebbles or aquarium gravel, with this gardening staple.
- Pruners: Use them to trim dead leaves.
- Mister: Hydrate your terrarium by employing a spray bottle equipped with a nozzle that dispenses a fine mist. Or buy a bulb-type mister (available at most garden stores), like the one shown here.
Place your terrarium in indirect light; direct light will cause too much heat to build up.
- Most terrariums won’t need watering for four to six months. You’ll know it’s time when the plants look wilted or water stops condensing on the sides of the container.
- When you’re ready to water, mist the sides of the terrarium, rather than the leaves, with an ounce or two of distilled water.
- If the sides of the terrarium are always fogged or large droplets form on the top, there’s too much moisture trapped inside. Remove the lid for a day or two to dehumidify.
Most Popular Galleries
“Ever had nasty words spread about you at work? And were those words published as front-page news in Politico, with your colleagues describing you as “a source of widespread frustration and anxiety,”...”
If Robin Thicke and Paula Patton were decor elements, you’d think they wou...
from The Nest Blog » house & home
Whatever the latest food trend—chia seeds, coconut flour, kale chips̵...
Since we all love a good before and after (who doesn't?), here are five of ...
from Home sweet home. | POPSUGAR Home
Last we checked, ice cream is supposed to melt if it isn't kept chilled. ...
from Tastepartner on The Huffington Post
from HuffPost Home - The Huffington Post
Ahh, the sun! It’s energizing and exciting. Sunflowers give off the same vibe a...