Get Outdoors: Create an Upcycled Terrarium

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A horticultural agent works with students to make terrariums...Becky Kirkland photos..

A horticultural agent works with students to make terrariums…Becky Kirkland photos..

During our Get Outdoors series, we will explore some activities that you can do outside especially while the spring weather is nice and warm. We understand that people need air, water, food, clothing and shelter to live. Plants have special needs as well to become a successful plant. Plants need water, air, food, and a place to live. Today, we will focus on a place with an upcycled terrarium. 

A terrarium is a special container that keeps plants warm and moist. We will be using a few simple items: two-liter soda bottle (plastic), seed of your choice (I would recommend a radish, lettuce, or even an herb), and potting soil. 

The steps:

  1. Have an adult help you cut off the spout end of the bottle about 4 inches from the top. 
  2. Fill the bottom part of the bottle with soil
  3. Plant your seed or small plant. A good rule of thumb is to plant seeds twice as deep as they are wide. They need room to grow! 
  4. Water until the soil is slightly damp
  5. Turn the spout end upside down and set it in the bottle.
  6. Watch your plant grow for at least 4 weeks

You can work on your terrarium outdoors and place it on your porch/balcony, or on a windowsill inside your home. To make this activity extra fun, record what you observe during the first four weeks of the project. 

If you are interested in learning more about outdoor activities and projects, contact the local 4-H office at 704.283.3735 or 704.283.3740.