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Jan052009

« How to Make a Mini Terrarium »

It’s winter here but our snow and ice melted during some unseasonably warm weather last week. Walking around the yard we noticed that there is still a lot of green — we have moss growing all over our yard and on the trees.

Since it’s really cold outside, we decided to bring some of the moss inside to study and draw.

This should really be entitled “How to Make the Simplest Possible Mini Terrarium”. We’ll link to some fancier versions at the end!

First, put some rocks in the bottom of a glass jar for drainage.

Then, add your dirt + moss. This moss grew under our birdfeeders this summer after the birds had pecked away all the grass that used to grow there.

This photo makes my spade look gigantic! Please, no comments about how I maintain my garden tools.

Set moss in jar. There, you’re done.

Well, we decided since we weren’t frozen yet, we would walk over toward the trees and see if we could find any other varieties of moss to add.

We found some larger, reddish moss that looks like tiny palm trees. Note we have not identified any of these mosses or lichens yet.

All done! Back to the warm indoors.

Want to see nicer/fancier terrariums?

Hello Yarn’s terrariums

Stephanie’s woodland terrarium party favors

The terrarium flickr group

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Reader Comments (17)

I love terrariums and your new site! Thanks for sharing...

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMariah@Playful Learning

hey there, rusty,

i love it!

envying the mosses you have in your woodland compound - we need to go afar and find some today. or maybe tomorrow. it's 17 degrees right now.

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterestea

thank you, mariah!

hey e, thanks! we are already planning to make more. it is 17 degrees here, too, and we were too cold to venture into the trees. there are some really interesting mosses growing on the rotting tree stumps in the woods.

we are wondering if we bring them inside and they get warm, if anything new will sprout.

i need to add some kind of general warning that if it’s not *your* yard, maybe you don’t want to dig things up. :^P

January 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

Aren't you in our general'ish area? You have moss and green things under that melt? That is super cool. :) Terrariums look great.

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

denise, well, we’re a few hours south of you. maybe that makes all the difference! :^)

thank you!

January 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

Lori I am loving this new blog we are off to Norfolk at the weekend where my husbands family have a place on a nture and bird reserve close to the beach. I will show Alice the suggestions you are making about mapping habitat I love that. As a landscape architect we llike a bit of mapping and a great way of the kids understanding space and scale as well as enjoying successful identification.
We like to have a little project to be going on with in between fish and chips and mushy peas and a walk on the beach

thanks for your continuing inspiration
Jane and Alice (and Anne who is big and 5 now!)

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJane

We use to make these when we were kids! Fantastic...xx

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeart Felt

Well, we should have some moss out there, maybe? I love the idea of a mini terrarium. That's tomorrow planned :-)

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSam

What a beauty new site. Are you rolling in the appreciation you're getting? Consider us "provoked." Just reading your posts and looking at the photos got us moving. We were inspired to go ouit to check out the beauty of "the grey". It is mushroom weather here, and we saw some amazing things in dark, damp places. Photos soon, I hope.

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCordelia

jane! :^D) ah, anne is a big girl now .. sniff! oh, i love looking at alice’s journal .. i will want to see everything she does! and so will jack! ;^)

thank you, heart felt! we are making more .. but it’s supposed to snow tomorrow so maybe not for awhile!

sam, you need to take a teaspoon and go on a little walk about the neighborhood. ;^) be discreet! lol

cordelia, thank you so much, friend. lol, i’m glad you’re provoked! love love your phrase “the beauty of the grey” .. it is a big colorless right now; i suppose that’s why we were so interested in what little green we could see. :^) looking forward to seeing what you both get up to!

January 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

Lori - Take a teaspoon! LOL! I'll be very discreet, and stick to the shadows :-D

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSam

I am so jealous. Nothing green for miles and miles around here. It's negative 45 and everything is buried in lots of snow. Maybe I'll find me a greenhouse somewhere...

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

sam, yes! use your best spy walk. ;^)

theresa, we are in a freeze/thaw cycle. it was so warm, the poor plants started coming up! a friend’s bulbs all came up and died. i found some plants in my garden today looking very confused and mostly dead. and it’s in the teens again, but we’re still waiting for new snow!

January 6, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

Great post! I'm feeling very inspired. I've wanted to make one for quite some time and now I think I actually will. ;^)

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

thank you, teri! we’ve certainly set the bar low. ;^)

January 7, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

It's unintimidating. :^D

January 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

i strive to be unintimidating! ;^)

January 8, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

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