Monday, April 29, 2013

DIY terrarium

Buying plants from the Spring Garden event has inspired me to make a terrarium and I figured I would share with you guys. This tutorial will be for tropical plants only.

Here are the things you will need:
1. Substrate. I will be using plants that require different substrates. The darker side is just organic soil while the lighter side is peat moss
2. Activated carbon to keep our terrarium fresh
3. Perlite to ensure drainage
4. Sphagnum moss
5. A jar, cloche dome, any glass container you wish to put your plants in
6. A tweezer
7. Gravel and/or river rocks
8. Scissors 
9. Your plants! Here is a list of plants suitable for terrariums
   *a spoon is optional for pressing down the substrate and plants
     because I need to use different substrates without mixing them together I divided the two using a
     toilet paper roll. Then I realized they deteriorate over time so I reinforced it with plastic.
These are the main plants I will be using: Fern asplenium rutifolium (carrot fern) and Sundew (it eats bugs!)
The workers from Andy's Orchids at the garden show said they had some liverwort species that was taking over their plants so they gave some to me for free. It looked so alien-like so I had to accept their offer! (: So I'm using this, small bits of moss, and baby tears from my yard as a ground cover.
Step 1: Put at least an inch of gravel/river rocks on the bottom for drainage
Step 2: Sprinkle activated charcoal (carbon) over the gravel
Step 3: This is if you are splitting substrate like I am. Cut a piece of the roll and place it where you want your plant(s) to be.
Step 4: Mix your substrate with perlite or sharp sand(50/50)
Step 5: Make a funnel out of paper to pour your mixed substrate in
Step 6: Add sphagnum moss. Because my jar is fairly narrow, I cut the moss into smaller pieces so it would be easier for placement
Step 7: When removing your plants, make sure you try to get your tweezer to go as deep as possible so that you can grab it by the roots. You can also use your hands but I felt that these were too delicate.
Step 8: Make sure you know what kind of water your plants need. Sundew requires distilled water specifically so it's safer for me to use pure water. Spray or drizzle into the jar. Make sure your plants are always moist but not overwatered (no dry periods for these guys)
Step 9: Add rocks and figurines to your hearts content. Enjoy! (:

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Annual Spring Garden Show

Yesterday I went on a date with my mama. 
Every spring Crystal Court of South Coast Plaza holds a garden show and this was the first time we had ever gone.  And I gotta say it was AMAZINNNGG..
There was two or three floors of just PLANTS!
We both can't even remember what had happened that day because there was just so much to see.
What seemed like every millisecond we were saying "Oh my gosh! Look at that! Over there! Look at this!" I swear I could've probably injured my neck just looking at everything.
The bottom floor had landscape designs from companies and bonsai plants, garden plants, etc.  The top floor was all exotic orchids and tropical plants.
I'm too afraid to even calculate how much we spent on plants. We walked out of the mall beaming with excitement with about four bags of just plants.

I can't believe for years I've seen advertisements for this and have not once thought about going in there. But now I think I'm definitely going to go every year. (:

This was the first thing we saw walking in and guess what? It's made from my school! I LOVE the community college I came from and I could not be more proud of my school. I wish I had joined their horticulture team for this!

I have never seen so many air plants in one place. You can bet I bought some. ;) 
Orchids on a stick! How neat is that?!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Pet Expo 2013

Over the weekend, the annual Pet Expo was here in Costa Mesa.  Usually I like to go every year because some of the booths bring in my most favorite dogs. And being that I don't have one, I like to go to look and play with them. :)
Also, I am part of SCAPE fish club which also features at the expo every year.  A few years ago I even brought in my own tank for display.  The members there had the most amazing tanks this year and it's inspired me to focus on my hobby again.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Oh my goodness I've been MIA.
I hope that since I have a little more time this quarter I'll be motivated to post more things!
Also, this site will be (may always be) revamped since I am really indecisive about blog names and layouts... OH WELL!

Hope to see you soon :)