The serenity of observing the lush, greenery of a terrarium is almost therapeutic by nature. Fondly, I remember the large terrarium that grew in my childhood home by the terrace door. It was absolutely amazing to behold- and even more amazing as a playspace. Fun times playing in the insect-free soil with all of the assorted garden fixtures may have in time lead to its demise, however the tiny gnomes and plastic woodland animal figurines had been sworn to secrecy. In Homeschool Happenings with my four-year old, we enjoyed a hands-on science lesson by creating our own indoor terrarium with simple materials, basic know-how and our little green thumbs.
The process of creating your own terrarium can become as simple or as complex as you choose. We started our terrarium from small potted plants as opposed to beginning with seeds, which is completely honorable and the most preferred route. Our terrarium is contained in a recycled plastic container with a secure lid. Growing in our little contained garden, we planted a Purple Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis alternata) and a “King’s Choice” Ivy (Hedera helix), which will be transplanted into our garden in the Spring. Both plants require medium light and medium water which makes for a compatible pairing.
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