There's something about February that makes me want to start planting things. Silly, I know, because technically it's still the dead of winter in most places and sillier still because I am a Professional Plant Killer (for real, I can't keep anything alive). Nevertheless, every time February rolls around, I can't help but start thinking about spring and all things green. Am I the only one?
This year I thought I might try my hand at something that I've heard is very, VERY easy to plant and very, VERY easy to keep alive: a succulent terrarium. Succulents are much like cactus plants in that they thrive on very little water (which is excellent news for Professional Plant Killers like me). They are also very adaptable houseplants and will flourish in a wide range of indoor conditions. And, bonus, they are beautiful and relatively inexpensive.
So I did a little research about the proper method for making my own succulent terrarium and it turns out it's fairly simple. Here's how I made my little garden:
Fill the bottom of your glass bowl with a layer of pebbles. This helps with drainage. Next, put a layer of peat moss on top of the pebbles, and then sprinkle some activated charcoal on top of that (this is optional, but it does help keep the garden fresh). Then put a nice layer of cactus soil on top of it all.
Finally, tuck your succulent plants in, gently patting the soil firmly around the plants. I added a few mini ceramic mushrooms around the perimeter of my garden to add a bright pop of color and some whimsy!
That's it! I told you it was simple. You only have to water your succulents with a couple of tablespoons of water every month or so. How much easier can it get, right?
Isn't it lovely to look at? It took me less than half an hour to put it together and cost less than $20. I'm so pleased with how it turned out and I love how it adds just a bit of rich green to my table centerpiece.
Here's hoping I can keep it alive!
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