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Terrific Terrarium | Growing a Garden

Terrific Terrarium

Bring nature indoors and create your own tiny, tropical ecosystem.


  • wide, clear, lidded container (we got ours at Michaels)
  • pebbles
  • activated carbon (sold at pet stores)
  • soil
  • stones, moss, and small plants*
  • spray mister
  • decorations (optional)


  1. Cover the bottom of your container with an inch of pebbles.
  2. Add a layer of activated carbon to curb any earthy odors, then top it with 3 inches of soil.
  3. Arrange the stones, moss, and plants to make a garden.
  4. Mist the terrarium with water until the soil is moist but not wet. Add decorations, if you like, then close the lid. If the container becomes cloudy, remove the top to let excess moisture evaporate. Mist the terrarium lightly if the soil starts to dry out.


* You can collect these in the woods - no rare species, please! - or buy tiny ivies, palms, pilea, and African violets from a local nursery.