Gardening project: succulents terrarium

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Last week, I told you about the beautiful succulents we’ve got potted outside. I finally managed to make our terrarium so I can bring some of the beauty inside our house! I got the idea from this tutorial on Making it With Danielle. I found this great glass bowl at Kitengela Glass. It’s round, like a fish bowl, with a slightly closed mouth. The closed mouth apparently keeps too much moisture from evaporating.

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I filled the bottom of the bowl with some aquarium rocks that I bought at the pet store of Junction Mall (they were actually leftover from my babywearing doll project!). Succulents don’t like too much water, so the rocks act as drainage, so that the succulents’ roots don’t drown.

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After the rocks, we scooped in some soil from our garden. This was Claire’s favorite part. 🙂 Yes, that is a serving spoon from our kitchen. We keep it classy in the Wambugu household. Ha! I have yet to buy a small spade that Claire can use.

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Once we had a shallow layer of soil, we took our succulents and arranged them in the bowl. I had intended to add a layer of sand on top (because I saw it in photos of terrariums I found online), but in the end I didn’t do it. The succulents we chose are quite low to the ground, and frankly, I couldn’t figure out how to add the sand without covering the plants…

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I’m really happy with how this turned out! The succulents look great inside the glass bowl, and it really brightens up the space. I can’t help but feel that my grandmother will be proud… 🙂

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2 Responses to Gardening project: succulents terrarium

  1. Sandi says:

    Your grandmother has been proud of you your whole life! This will make her especially proud though as she can’t grow succulents herself!

  2. Joan O'Rourke aka Nana says:

    The terrarium is really great! Claire did her part exceptionally well. I tried succulents and didn’t do so well. I do best outside – – the inside ones just seem to limp along and outside, they have to be hacked down periodically. See you soon. Love & kisses to all, Nana

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