Aug 04 2012
Brought the girl to Hort Park for a walk this Saturday morning for some fresh air cos she has been coughing for more than a week… At the same time, do some site survey for a corporate event. (efficient, boh? )
While we were there, we saw this DIY Terrarium Kit. Thinking maybe some greenery on my office table could cheer me up on the days I feel like screaming, I thought, “Why not?” Plus, it has been AGES since I did some hands-on crafty stuff with my girl… this would have been a great experience. (Not to mention, I was told the whole eco-system is self-sustaining without the need to water again for 2-4 months! – good for
lazy busy people like me. )
While the DIY Kit includes everything we need to set up at home, we decided to set up our little terrarium there in the shop instead cos there were so many different gravel and sand colours. Not to mention, it just felt more fun to set up our garden in the outdoors than back at home… and cleaner too.
Got a short brief on how to set up and subsequently care for our little ecosystem from the expert… And then we started work ourselves!
Step 1: Pour gravel up to approx 1cm in height to form the drainage layer to store excess water to prevent root rot.
Step 2: Softly flatten the gravels… but take care not to compact it too much!
Step 3: Pour in the soil (the DIY Kit soil pack already included necessary fertilizer etc)… and level it.
Step 4: Choose the plants to form the garden…
Step 5: Dig a hole in the middle and lower the plants in!
Step 6: Final few steps to beautify! Pour a thin layer of coloured sand to cover the soil…
Step 7: Scatter some gravel and add some small decorative items (e.g. corals, seashells) to beautify the whole terrarium… and then insert 2 small pieces of charcoal (used to remove toxins)…
While it looks so beautiful now…
… It is not complete without water! So…
Step 8: Spray like 20x with spray bottle…
Step 9: Close the lid and the terrarium is finally complete!
They come in various sizes too! After this one, I am tempted to buy a few more to form not just a terrarium garden… but a whole terrarium forest!
But of course we also checked out the rest of Hort Park.
Someone enjoying the aircon in the information center while I went to ask about venue rental and rates.
And somehow… even before we saw it… the girl ran off towards the playground!
The daddy said she was scared of these swaying rope structures… But the monkey proved him wrong by climbing up and across in lightning speed!
And when she got too hot and sweaty… she *begged* to be carried for the rest of the way around as the daddy gave her a eco-tour. And then it started drizzling and we had to run back to the car… and just in the nick of time too cos a HUGE DOWNPOUR started as we drove off. *PHEW*
And now, as I type this blog entry… I look at the terrarium sitting on the dining table beside me… and I feel like smiling. I definitely need to get another for my office now cos the daddy asked to keep this terrarium at home cos the girl had a hand in it too! *darn*