As regular readers know, I have a black thumb.
I have never been successful at growing anything and my lawn can prove it.
When I discovered succulents though, my world finally got a little greener.
Succulents are my kind of plants because they are so low maintenance and they don’t require a lot of water.
Today I want to show you how to make a succulent terrarium and how I made it as budget-friendly as possible.
We are going to be making our succulent terrariums with a new product that is on the shelves at Walmart called EcoScraps.
I’m so excited to share about it because the company’s mission is so awesome and really aligns with our family values.
EcoScraps recycles food scraps and turns them into organic and sustainable lawn and garden products.
They recycle by collecting wasted food from from stores and restaurants and convert it all into natural garden products.
Between 2011 and 2015, EcoScraps has recycled 75 million lbs of food waste!
They are matching that number in 2016 with projected recycling of another 75 million lbs of food waste–this time in just 12 months.
Before they contacted me, you may recall, I was all fired up about food waste after watching the documentary, Just Eat It, on Amazon Prime and chatting about it on my 3 Little Things list.
Our family is REALLY trying to do better with our food waste and have been making it a big focus during the week to eat the food we purchase and not throw it away.
You can TRULY make a significant difference in the food waste crisis by simply changing some of your shopping habits.
Did you know that bagged salad, for instance, is one of the #1 foods wasted?
Doing things like buying bagged salads only on the days you plan to use them is a GREAT way to reduce the food waste in your home.
Simple switches will do so much for our world. You can find out more on the EcoScraps website and find their products on Walmart shelves now!
Now that you know the company’s mission, let’s make a succulent terrarium with their eco friendly potting soil!
Glass Trifle Container
EcoScraps Potting Soil (this was located outside of our local store)
Succulents (I like to choose an odd number for arranging. Mine had 7 of various sizes)
Ways To Save on Supplies
- Fairy gardens are very popular right now. Ask your local nursery if they have smaller bags of pea gravel or moss available for purchase. I was able to get small bags of these items for a lot less.
- Look to see if there are any succulent arrangements that are already prepared and the pricing and compare it to individual succulents. At my nursery, succulents individually were $4 each, but for $20, I was able to get double the succulents AND it helped to know which ones worked and looked nice together.
Creating a terrarium is a lot like creating a layered cake or trifle so that is why I thought this container was so fitting!
1. Begin by adding your pebbles to the bottom of your container. This is to create a false drainage layer so water can settle and not flood the plants. You will want to add one inch to two inches of stone, depending on the size of your container.
2. Next, we will layer our charcoal. The charcoal can come in granules or shards (the type I am using is shards). We will spread a layer of this over the rock to help reduce bacteria, fungus, and odors in our terrarium.
3. Next add a layer of moss to create a barrier between the potting soil and charcoal.
4. Prepare your plants for planting by removing them from their pots and loosening up the root ball and exposing the roots. If the roots are particularly long, you can trim them down a bit.
5. Add a layer of dirt to your terrarium. Gently place your plants inside and then top them off with a bit more dirt, using your hands to gather the dirt firmly into place around each of the plants. Be mindful where you are planting them, mixing up your plants of varying heights and foliage, to fill your jar.
5. Finish by watering your terrarium lightly, being mindful not to overwater it because succulents do not like to be soggy. Caring for your terrarium is easy, especially if you are a terrible gardener like me. I’m so terrible, I put Siri in charge. Feel the soil weekly to see if it is dry and add water if it is.
Here is another view of what our terrarium should look like from the side. Make sure to place it in a spot that gets a little sun on their beautiful leaves, but not scorching hot spot in your home.
These are beautiful to keep or to give to someone special in your life.
Thank you, EcoScraps, for letting me share about your amazing mission to reduce food waste in a really wonderful way.
I hope you guys can try their products!
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