DIY: Easy, Homemade Terrariums

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K.AmenKathy Amen would like to thank her dear friend Kari Loth for giving her a subscription to The Herb Companion magazine. 

Over the year’s my friends and I have collected several different varieties of seeds, but I had never actually started them in time for spring. This year, I was determined to see what I could do with ALL THESE SEEDS!! So I decided to start all my herbs and flowers early indoors with the help of homemade terrariums. 
 
The first terrarium I made was with various "terrarium materials:" a plastic chicken rotisserie container from the local market, cardboard rolls cut in half, moistened soil and seeds. Once this was successful, I tried using old CD containers. I was really surprised with how well the cardboard rolls held together, keeping the soil quite snug. Once the seedlings sprout, just unwind the cardboard as you would unwind a roll of biscuits. You’ll be surprised how firm the soil still is—it's ready for transplanting. Since it is still early, I then transplanted into larger Jiffy Peat Pot’s. 
 
Soon I was creating several terrariums and began to run out of window sills for the best possible light. Then, I discovered that my old antique ironing boards worked out perfectly. I set them behind my love seat to create a shelf for terrariums and transplanted seedlings. It gets the best lighting in the house! 

Terrarium 1 3-29-2012 

Terrarium 2 3-29-2012 

Terrarium 4 3-29-2012 

 Terrarium 5 3-29-2012 

Terrarium 6 3-29-2012 

Terrarium 7 3-29-2012
Photos courtesy Kathy Amen 

I didn’t realize that starting seeds could be so much FUN and make great gifts, too!