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Join Maker Camp Today for dun dun dun   #WeirdScienceWednesday !
teens, time to gather up some things from your yard

Good morning campers! Today at 2pm PST on the +MAKE page, you can tune-in to the Hangout On Air where I'll be going over how to build your own terrarium (we're going to focus on using succulents). In the Hangout, I'll be going step-by-step through these 7 listed steps, giving you tips on how to keep it alive and happy for longer than a week. Remember to use the #WeirdScienceWednesday  and #MakerCamp  hashtags when you post photos about your terrarium so I can find it and reshare. I've added some photos of my own to help you out: http://goo.gl/4jf7H

Here's how you can takeover, I mean, build, a little ecosystem:

1) First prep your jar by washing and drying it. You'll want something with ample room to fit in plants, moss, and small strange plastic toys you don't play with anymore but that would look good in a forest setting.

2) Start by adding a 1" layer of pebbles to the bottom of the jar, followed by a thin layer of charcoal. Or visa versa. You can't really go wrong here - it's more about your personal taste. All the layers are going to look mighty cool. The charcoal will help filter the water in your terrarium and will absorb odors — otherwise your terrarium may start to stink and rot, and we don't want that.

3) After the pebbles and charcoal, you'll add a 3"–4" layer of potting soil. Today we're going to do a succulent terrarium, so if you have cactus soil laying around then that will be best. Succulents loooove drainage.

4) Now you'll start adding in the greenery. Simply tear pieces of moss, lichen, greens, and put into single layer inside the jar. It can be hard to fit your hand inside the jar to adjust things, so use chopsticks or a bamboo skewer to move the plants around. If you want to create some interest with height, you could mound up the soil in one area to create a mini-mountain to cover in moss.

5) All-moss terrariums look great, but you can also experiment with adding plants like small succulents. They're hard to kill, look extra terrestrial, and are easier to work with than ferns or other warm climate loving plants. You can even cut succulents off a bigger plant, let the end dry out, and then plant that to keep costs down. This is called using "clippings".

6) Decorate as you wish with a variety of rocks, shells, plastic toys, or whatever you like! I will be showing some fossils, quills, and other things I've found on my adventures!

7) Now water your terrarium lightly (until you can see some moisture down in the pebble layer). You don't have to screw on a lid - your succulents will love the opportunity to grow up and out. You will need to water your terrarium every few weeks.

That's it! Looking forward to seeing your projects. Happy creating campers! #WildlifeWednesday   #handmade   #diy  
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I think I will need to try this.
 
A terrarium! Gonna try this with my daughter this afternoon.
 
Ive got a few in the house, 2 closed, and 1 open. I find the closed ones more challenging but its neat to watch micro ecosystems develop.
 
I was really sad that I missed the class.  I had a luncheon to go to. Let me know if you redo it.  My terrarium is not doing well.  I think I over watered
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