Ideally, use finer gravel on the bottom. I didn’t have any so I used a layer of medium-sized gravel rocks and then a layer of small lava stones. Then add dirt. Then add some plants. I used:
Three different types of moss growing in the yard and two teeny cuttings from some houseplants. The silver-striped plant is a Wandering Jew plant here’s a picture of ours:
They are SO easy to grow. Ours has been in the basement the entire winter: watered three times since probably October. So if you’re looking for a houseplant that is extremely resistant to neglect, this is the plant for you. Double bonus: If you break off any piece of stem, it will grow a whole new plant.
The green succulent plant with three thick leaves is Kalanchoe. The name means “it falls and grows” (so, yes, it too can grow a whole new plant from any cutting). It is also called Flaming Katy. It has clusters of small pretty orange flowers that hummingbirds like. It is tolerant of extreme neglect, having also spent the winter in a dark, cold basement with very little water.
The feathery little green plant in the bottom left of the terrarium is a Love-In-A-Mist seedling. Here are some photos of our Love-In-A-Mist flowers from last summer:
I’ve seen Love-In-A-Mist in flower arrangements in the TV show, Downtown Abby. The things gardeners notice! The seed pods are as enjoyable as the flowers:
Back to the terrarium/garden in a jar: a black, petrified shark’s tooth (from a beach in Florida) provides the finishing touch. Gardens in a Jar-O need a tiny rock or some other accessory!
Why is this post called Garden in a Jar-O? It is a reference to Thin Lizzy. Thin Lizzy is the world’s most underrated (and arguably best!) band (ever!) and the official favorite band of Spy Garden. Phil Lynott is Spy Garden’s official favorite musician. Youtube links below for a few of our favorite Thin Lizzy songs, please enjoy!