A few weeks ago I wrote about Handmade Garden Projects (Timber Press), a new garden book out that I was interested in by Seattle-based freelance garden writer, author, blogger, Lorene Edwards Forkner. The book arrived this week in the mail offering up some pretty unique creative projects for the garden and I just had to share one of my favorites for a weekend project idea, an outdoor terrarium. Lorene created this unique garden end table of sorts by transforming an industrial light fixture she salvaged.
Terrarium Basics: Click here for a helpful video on planting a terrarium which also suggests what plants work best. Use pebbles in the bottom (for drainage), then a thin layer of activated charcoal (extracts fumes from decomposing matter) and finally a good cactus or draining soil. Lorene tells us in her book, charcoal can be found at garden or aquarium supply stores and to keep an outdoor terrarium in partial to full shade to avoid cooking plants. Light fixtures like this could be found at salvage yards such as Habitat for Humanity Restores. Photo by Lorene Edwards Forkner. Have a great weekend!