Do you know that spending time in nature can help to reduce anxiety, improve your mental health and general well-being? Studies have shown the positive impact of nature on health and well-being for people living in urban areas or in more confined areas.
As citizens worldwide are confined to their homes under COVID-19 restrictions, many people are missing their usual nature excursions – mountain trek, forest hike, or camping by a serene lake where you can relax and recharge.
In light of stay-at-home orders, studies have also shown that there are a lot of benefits on mental well-being just by having nature at home or close to home.
Recently, I made my own DIY terrarium from Masons Home Décor which features an amazing landscape of rocks, contrasting gravel, cacti and cute décor.
A terrarium is a mini portable garden which is very easy to maintain, require minimal watering and take up very little space. Thus, it’s perfect for people who do not have a green thumb or are simply too busy to care for gardening.
I definitely do not have a green thumb and this terrarium is really simple to set up and is definitely sparking joy in my house!
As mine is an open terrarium, the plants prefer circulating air and a drier environment since there would not be any lid to cover the glass container. Plants such as aloe, hens and chicks, cacti and air plant are most suitable.
As open terrariums are not self-sufficient, it needs to be watered more frequently than a closed system. You can water the open terrarium either once a week or when the soil gets dry or when you notice leaves falling off. They would also prefer to have lots of sun and direct light.
- Start with a layer of rocks, about one inch or so, at the bottom of the container. These will help with soil drainage, so that the roots of your plants won’t get water-logged.
- Add a 1/2-inch thick layer of charcoal & fill the container up to half-full with potting soil.
- Plant your plants. When you remove them from their little pots, carefully tease the roots apart and remove some of the old soil so they will fit nicely in the terrarium.
- Leave some space for them to breathe and grow. Pat down the soil so they don’t get uprooted easily.
- Add decorative pebbles, rocks, pine cones, or whatever to make your terrarium look like a magnificent garden world.
- Water the plants, but not too much.