LIGHT BULB TERRARIUM

Give a lush look to the interiors of your den with these comprehensive light bulb terrarium how-tos. The eco-friendly projects contribute towards purifying the ambient air owing to the self-sufficient closed ecosystem.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR LIGHT BULB TERRARIUM

What you’ll need

  • 1 lightbulb
  • 1 pair of long tweezers
  • 2 tablespoons of sand
  • A small handful of preserved moss
  • A small handful of reindeer moss
  • A tillandsia (air plant) or Venus fly traps, Pitcher plants, Sundew plants.
  • Small rocks or coloured glass stones

WHAT TO DO

If you really want to make your light bulb terrarium from scratch, you can simply use an old light bulb and clear it out by yourself. But when we say that this will probably involve shards of broken glass and you’ll need to wear protective glasses, you might prefer to take the easy option and buy an ornamental bulb that’s already been prepped.

1. Put two tablespoons of sand into the light bulb. You can buy this from a garden centre. If you’re taking it directly from the beach, be sure to dry it thoroughly first.

2. Place the preserved moss into the bulb and distribute over the sand with the tweezers.

3. Repeat with the reindeer moss.

4. Place your tillandsia or carnivorous  plant inside the bulb.

5. Arrange the rocks or glass pebbles around the plant.

To keep your terrarium in tip-top condition, spritz once a week with a water spray.

TIP FOR KIDS: Terrariums are great little miniature gardens children can enjoy. Make them even more fun by adding a tiny tiny toy animal.

Spanish Moss Care

Locally known as “Spanish Moss” this plant has no relation to the moss family. In fact, Spanish moss is a bromeliad, a specific species of air plant. The botanical name is Tillandsia Usneoides. All the air plants that we sell on our site are in the genus Tillandsia.

Spanish Moss is probably the most common Air Plant in the United States. In fact, I’m sure you’ve probably stumbled upon it… Think of that quintessential southern city. Is it Savannah, Charleston, New Orleans, and Florida. 

Spanish Moss is relatively easy to grow. The most common ways are by division, however there is natural propagation that also occurs from seed. In the springtime, after sending out tiny, inconspicuous blooms, thousands of wispy seeds can depart a single clump, blown about to find other host tree branches. 

Plant care: These will happily grow as long as they are kept in a warm area, have good air circulation and water is provided. The surrounding temperature should be sixty degrees or higher. Partial sun is preferable. Direct hot sun will dry the moss, especially in indoor environments. Watering Spanish Moss is done like other species of air plants, through water baths or misting.

Spanish Moss can be moved outdoors during the warm season. However, if placed too early in the Spring, birds may steal it away as an exotic, cozy nesting material.Spanish moss flowers open in succession over up to four months from spring through fall. Long Spanish moss stems may grow up to 20 feet long and bear flowers at the terminal ends of their feathery branches

The uses for Spanish Moss are varied. It can be used as mulch, a packing material, insulation or for arts and crafts.  At our Etsy shop we give a little bundle of moss to go along with any air plant purchase.

blooming moss

Eco Friendly Gardening

One way to create an eco-garden is by going organic. You can grow fruits, vegetables, flowers, and lawn in a more organic manner by avoiding chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Instead, focus on using non-GMO seeds and organic compost and mulch in your garden. You can also utilize techniques such as companion planting to reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides in your garden.

With many parts of the US experiencing drought and water shortage, you can make your garden eco-friendly and green without feeling guilty about using municipal water by installing rain water barrels. These are barrels that will collect rain water  and store them for use in the garden. You can install a mechanical sprinkler or hose to the rain water barrel to make watering your garden easier.

Depending on the size of your garden, you can either install a compost pit or a compost bin in your yard. A decorative compost bin is a great way to go organic in even a small yard. Simply keep adding dead garden waste and food scraps from your kitchen into the compost bin and spread the compost on garden beds. Let’s be honest, you do not eat everything. There is going to be left over food and scrapings if you cook at home at all.

An eco-friendly garden will have more natural features and local plants and trees in it. Instead of stocking your garden with exotic plants, plant local varieties of trees, flowers, and vegetables. These are easier to grow and more eco-friendly as they require less chemical fertilizers and pesticides. While an eco-friendly garden can be a challenge to design, the pleasures it provides can be greater. You can be sure that you will not develop allergies to the pesticides and chemicals used in the garden. Moreover, you can use your ingenuity to upcycle, recycle, and repurpose items you have found around the house and yard to create your garden. For instance, instead of uprooting a tree stump after chopping down a dead tree, you could leave the stump in place and design a garden feature around it. 

These tips can jump start an eco way gardening living , you can read more of of our blogs to learn about tiny living with plants and creating a fall gardening palate for your yard.

Baby Yoda Terrarium

Growing terrarium plants is also easy as can be. In a closed terrarium, plants will hardly ever need watering and can grow effort-free for years.

Basic Terrarium Plant Tips

Which plants do best in these pint-sized gardens? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Generally speaking you want to pick plants that can tolerate humidity, since the enclosed nature of a terrarium traps in moisture. Also keep in mind that terrarium plants need to be able to tolerate low or indirect light.
  • Choose plants that are small enough for your terrarium. You don’t want the plants’ leaves to touch the sides of the container.
  • Succulents and cacti can grow in a terrarium, but it’s best to use an open container that will retain less humidity. You should also add some sand to the potting mix to mimic the plants’ native environment.

Easy to care terrarium kits can make a great conversation piece for the home, dorm room, or office! Terrariums are a great way to brighten up a room and It can be a great gardening gift too!  The Terrarium kit that Printhousedesign1 offers is NOT glass, it’s clear plastic giving you the same stylish look without the fragile breakable glass, which is perfect for kids! 

The terrarium offers : 

(1) 6 & 1/2″ round plastic terrarium globe

(1) small (mini) air plant & care instructions

(1) small bag of moss

(1) small bag of black rocks

(1) piece of hemp twine

(1) small 3D printed/ hand painted mini Yoda- stands 2″

Air plant is a great tiny plant to use in terrariums . Air plants are one of the easiest plants to take care of because no dirt is needed, only sunlight, water ,moss, and air! The kit offers care instructions and directions to help guide you on how to create it.

You can find the fun kit at our Etsy shop by following the link:

Growing microgreens indoors

What are microgreens?

Also known as “vegetable confetti,” microgreens are sometimes confused with sprouts — germinated seeds that are eaten root, seed and shoot. Microgreens, however, include a variety of edible immature greens, harvested with scissors less than a month after germination, when the plants are up to 2 inches tall. The stem, cotyledons (or seed leaves) and first set of true leaves are all edible.

Which seeds work best?

Salad greens, leafy vegetables, herbs and even edible flowers can be grown as microgreens, though some varieties are better suited than others. Beginners often start by growing one type of seed, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, mustard, chia, sunflower or buckwheat — among the easiest-to-grow varieties of microgreens — in a single container. (You can easily grow different seeds in several containers, and mix your microgreens after harvesting.)

Microgreens offer a palette of fresh flavors, from mild to spicy, and inspire repeated plantings for an ongoing supply of fresh greens for creative uses. Here’s how to grow microgreens indoors. To grow microgreens indoors you will need potting mix and bright light. Flavors range from intense, like a full-grown plant, to subtle.

To get started growing microgreens indoors, remoisten the soilless seed-starting mix, which is a sterile medium that is formulated to promote seed development. Sprinkle warm water onto the mix and blend until it is thoroughly damp.

Fill each container with premoistened seed-starting mix. There’s no need to pack it into place—packing the container too tight will lead to drainage issues. Set the container on a watertight drip tray.Sprinkle seeds evenly over the surface of the seed-starting mix, sowing them more thickly than you ordinarily would. Leave at least 1/4 inch of space between the seeds

Cover the seeds with vermiculite. This mineral-base material absorbs water and releases it slowly, keeping seeds damp but not too wet. Follow instructions for planting depth provided on the seed packet. Some seeds should be barely covered; others need thicker covering to germinate (sprout and grow) well. Label plantings.

Water the sown seeds with a gentle shower, soaking the vermiculite without washing away the seeds. Until the seeds germinate and green shoots sprout from them, water lightly as needed to keep the seed-starting mix damp. If the mix is too wet, seeds cannot root and fail to grow.

To encourage the best growth of microgreens indoors, cover the containers with a lightweight sheet of plastic or a domed lid to maintain humidity and promote germination. Set the drip tray on a heat mat designed for seed starting or on a heating pad. When the seeds germinate, remove the lid and the heat source. Set the containers on a sunny windowsill to help your microgreens grow indoors. Keep the planting medium damp, and promote healthy growth by watering from the bottom. Pour water into the tray and allow it to be absorbed into the soilless mix. To harvest the microgreens, hold a section with one hand and use the other to snip with scissors. Keep your microgreens cool and in an airtight container until you’re ready to use them. Their shelf life in the refrigerator is about a week.

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