Sunday, February 3, 2013

DIY: Let it Grow

Can’t wait for spring? Make your own indoor, evergreen terrarium to help you through the gloom. My good friend Debbie, who until recently worked with native plants at the Presidio nursery, walked me through the surprisingly simple steps.
What you’ll need:
  • a mason jar or other glass container
  • small stones, gravel, or pellets
  • activated charcoal
  • potting soil
  • a spray bottle full of water
  • the mosses and small succulents of your choice
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Debbie says: If you’re using succulents that already have roots, you can plant them right away. If you’ve removed leaves or branches from a larger succulent, leave the pieces out—not in water—for a few days to scarify before you put them in the soil.
To care for your tiny garden, put it in a place that gets regular sunlight and spray the inside with water whenever the soil gets completely dry. If you become a true plant master like Debbie, you can make a thriving ecosystem in just about anything…
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