Oct 5, 2014

Winter Terrarium... Part Two.. Moss Quarantine...

So today I went on a moss expedition....
Isn't this stump magical!! 
Woodland Fairies dance here at night...

I got some beautiful pieces....waiting until after that good soaking rain was the best thing to do.... I was able to get four different types ..

Haircap Moss...

Pincushion Moss (with some Haircap)

Fork Moss.....

Sheet Moss... I love this because it really
 does come up in sheets...
There is enough moss to make my two terrariums & some small ones for Christmas gifts...I harvest sustainably...taking only small pieces here & there...you would never know I had taken any.... I take a spatula with me so all you have to do is slide it under the moss & lift it up & deposit it into a bag...
easy peasy....
When I got home I placed the moss in a large bowl of water & let it soak for a few minutes...then gently run it under some water to remove most of the dirt, rocks, tiny twigs, etc...you would be surprised how much comes out....

then gently squeeze it to remove most of the water...I put them in a plastic container & bags leaving it partially open for air circulation... 


I have them sitting in a East facing window...very little sun but lots of light....now begins the watch...I have a mister that I put distilled water in so if the moss looks like it is drying out I will give it a squirt...  For the next two weeks, I will watch for any sprouts or bugs that come up... I am so glad to have  found the  Fern & Mossery post on this step... My last terrarium probably would have looked so much better...
Tomorrow I am picking up the organic potting soil & some gravel....Then it is just finding the right container ...so the hunt is on....I will keep you posted on what goes on for the next two weeks.... 

Have a great week...

Oct 4, 2014

The Winter Terrarium .... Part One


ferns in quarantine

 I am preparing for winter....It will be a green one this year...I am once again making a terrarium for my living space.....if I am to be surrounded by white landscape outside, I will have my little green oasis to gaze upon inside....I have made terrariums before that managed to last at least through the winter but just barely...

So now I am getting serious...I want them to last years...so I have been researching...planning & buying supplies....The first thing I ordered was a bag of charcoal....to absorb the impurities ... I have a small batch of white river stones that are clean & ready...... Yesterday I went out scouting for some decent moss which I found a nice batch......I will be harvesting the crop tomorrow after the good soaking it is getting today.....I also found some tiny ferns in the woods that are in quarantine as you see in the picture above.......

& I ordered some Soleirolia soleirolii aka Baby Tears to add...  I love this plant because another name for it is "mind your own business"...too funny....  

Now to get some organic potting soil & some small gravel  which I can get at the local plant shop....  I am adding three small wooden mushrooms the Hubby turned out for me on the lathe ...  I am thinking a small Buddha in the other as it will be placed in my sacred space area.... The final piece (s) to the puzzle...the glass containers... I am looking for something really special & unique for the living room.... so far this one is on my wish list.... Bubble terrariums blown from recycled glass...so beautiful & so expensive...  
well I can dream....


So the collection of the ingredients :
stones & gravel
charcoal
organic potting soil with peat moss 
sphagnum moss to keep soil from settling into the rocks...
moss, ferns & plants
statue or small items for decorations... 
glass containers...

& quarantine of the plants are  the first order of business.......This is so important to make sure any mold or dead plants are removed as well as any little bugs that creep out...this ensures healthy plants when you put your terrarium together...  I think if I had added this step my last terrarium would have lasted...

I also found this site which has some great information on terrariums & putting them together for anyone interested....... 

The next post will be on the quarantine process......

Happy weekend everyone...

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