Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Quite often, my daughter leaves her empty tea containers in the sink. I usually rinse them out and recyle them, but this week I decided this Argo tea container was going to stay with me and become a terrarium.

Following are the steps I took to make an adorable terrarium from the Argo tea glass container.

I first removed the wrapper and cleaned the container. I then gathered my tools, including soil, terrarium tools, accoutrements and of course, the plants. I bought my plants at Graye’s Greenhouse in Plymouth, MI. They carry many miniature houseplants, perfect for a terrarium.

As you can see, there is no pebbles for drainage or charcoal in sight. I don’t use “drainage” because it isn’t necessary. You can read about that in this post. I also have never used charcoal and my other terrariums don’t seem to have a sour smell. Do what works for you, though.

Next, I used a piece of paper to make a funnel to help get the soil into the jar without making a huge mess. I decided to use the Ledebouria- silver squill and split it so it would fit better in the jar. It is hard to find small plants that will fit into small terrariums. Plus, by splitting it and putting a smaller plant in the jar, it will last longer and I won’t have to trim or split it as soon.

I added about 3″ of soil and used my long tweezers and long spoon to get the plants into the container. I then used a small measuring cup to add just enough water to settle the roots. A turkey baster would have worked better, but I seem to have misplaced it. I used my tweezers and a tissue to wipe the sides of the container to get the water and soil off the glass.  I added a topdressing of small stones and chose a ladybug for the decoration. I replaced the lid and will only open it again if the sides get steamed over. Or if I decide to change the ladybug to something else.

Ladybug push pin added to my terrarium

Ladybug push pin added to my terrarium

I decided the bee keeper looked better. Here is the finished terrarium and I think it turned out adorable.

Argo tea terrarium with bee keeper and hives

Argo tea terrarium with bee keeper and hives

A bee keeper with bee hives

A bee keeper with bee hives

This terrarium is a perfect size for a desk or end table. Just make sure it gets bright but not direct light. Direct light is death for the plants in a terrarium as it can be too hot and the plants bake. Look in your recyle bin and see if there are any glass containers you can reuse. Tell me about a terrarium you have made in the comments.

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