MAKE A TER­RAR­IUM

Ever so easy, a ter­rar­ium is a great Christ­mas gift or fes­tive cen­tre­piece.

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Put it on dis­play or give it away as a gift.

OPEN TERRARIUMS SHOULD BE kept moist, but you have to be care­ful not to over-wa­ter them. Closed terrariums need lit­tle or no wa­ter. Suc­cu­lent and cac­tus terrariums are more bul­let­proof and need less main­te­nance than other plant types.

YOU WILL NEED gravel; glass con­tainer; char­coal pel­lets; sheet moss; all-pur­pose pot­ting mix; plants; va­ri­ety of peb­bles/stones; dé­cor items

ONE Place 2.5cm of gravel at the bot­tom of the con­tainer. The to­tal depth of your gravel, char­coal, moss and pot­ting mix should equal about one-third of the height of the con­tainer. Sprin­kle a thin layer of char­coal pel­lets over the gravel. Char­coal helps keep soil fresh and is avail­able on­line or from pet stores.

TWO Add a layer of sheet moss, which you can buy off the shelf at most nurs­eries or or­der by the bag from most florists.

THREE Place a layer of pot­ting mix over the moss. The type will de­pend on the plants you’ve cho­sen. We used all-pur­pose for our shade-lov­ing plants.

FOUR Nes­tle plants into the soil, up to the moss layer, build­ing up soil around the base of each. We broke up be­go­nia and baby’s tears into smaller plant­ings.

FIVE Add some larger rocks and peb­bles in dif­fer­ent ar­eas to cre­ate your mini-ter­rain.

SIX Dec­o­rate with small an­i­mal fig­ures, seashells or any­thing your heart de­sires. Fi­nally, give your ter­rar­ium a good drink of wa­ter us­ing a spray bot­tle, which gives you more con­trol as you can di­rect where the wa­ter goes.

Edited ex­tract from Liv­ing De­sign by Jamie Durie and Na­dine Bush (Lantern), $59.99

Put a bow on it Give this as a gift with a spray bot­tle and per­son­alised fig­urines in­side.

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