So there's this awesome trend that's been around for a few months now and it's totally eco-friendly and the best part is you can be as creative as you want! Terrariums are a great way to look after something that doesn't require much effort, especially if you go through 15 hamsters in a year because you just can't seem to figure out why they keep dying (maybe it's because you just can't be bothered to clean the cage so they die of the ammonia produced by their own pee...). Anyways... a terrarium is a glass container in which you put potting soil and succulant plants. It requires little effort as succulants are desert originating plants, so you only have to water your bowl of pretty plants every week.
The great thing about these decor items is you can never have too many. You can even use an old recycled mason jar as your base, but there are specially designed terrarium 'houses' in various shapes and sizes at places like Typo or most hardware stores. You even get ones you can hang from your ceiling, so you can have floating miniature forests in your room.
They are so easy to make and go with just about any interior decor 'style'. First you lay small and medium round stones at the bottom. You can lay some dried moss down ( although this is optional). Next put some nutrient rich potting soil down, and lastly you can arrange your succulent plants and cacti. If you have a tall vase you could use this as a terrarium and it will really bring out the different layers of rock, soil and plant together as a subtle focus point. You could use higher maintenance plants, like certain grasses and mosses. This requires more watering and attention, so if you don't have much time on your hands, maybe the desert cacti are a better option.
Until next week's blog post :)
-The Traveling Oyster