Glass jars with screw-top lids
Small spoon Potting mix (with added sand)
Small shells, pebbles, stones and sand for decoration
Water spray bottle
Tiger tooth aloe (aloe juvenna)
Banana cactus (sedum rubrotinctum)
Nerve plant (fittonia albivensis)
01 Put a couple of handfuls of fine gravel in the bottom of a jar, pouring it in gradually. If the lids of your jars are air-tight, add a thin layer of ground charcoal to help reduce any odours.
02 Use the spoon to add a layer of potting mix to the bottom of the jar, covering the gravel. Make sure to hold the jar upright so the gravel stays in a flat layer.
03 Take the first plant from its pot and remove some of the compost from around the roots, taking care not to damage them.
04 Push the plant into the jar, roots first, and settle it onto the potting mix, holding it in place with your fingers or the spoon.
05 Add potting mix around the base of the plant, covering the roots – try not to add too much, or it will create a large, dark stripe in your terrarium. Push down the potting mix with the back of the spoon so the plant is secured firmly in place.
06 Spoon more gravel or decorative sand onto the layer of potting mix, pressing it down to remove any air pockets and create an even layer.
07 Gently brush any gravel or sand from the plant and the inside of the jar with the paint brush, then plant the remaining glass jars in the same way.
08 Add a few decorative shells, pebbles or small stones to the gravel or sand surface, then use the spray bottle to water the glass terrariums sparingly, making sure the potting mix doesn’t get too wet.
09 Screw on the lid to finish. If the jars are air-tight, remove the lids occasionally to air the plants. This project appears in Tiny Tabletop Gardens by Emma Hardy, published by CICO Books (£14.99). To purchase a copy at the special price of £10.99 including free UK P&P, call 01256 302699 quoting KF6. For more information, please visit www.makeetc.com.