Social media is an unlimited source of inspiration. It's easy to spend hours on websites such as Pinterest, browsing jaw-droppingly beautiful garden projects which you're just dying to try at home. However, it can be hard to know where to start to get your projects looking as lovely as they do on your screen.
We're here to help with some simple DIY décor ideas to catch the latest online trends and keep your patio Pinterest-perfect.
Terrariums are miniature gardens enclosed in glass, and they make beautiful centerpieces for an event or just on display in your home. A few pointers for pulling this project off:
- Because terrariums are enclosed and lack drainage, watering can be tricky. Try wrapping the root ball of the succulent in coco coir or moss when you "plant" it, then removing it from the container when you water.
- Morning sun or indirect light is best, the enclosed space can magnify heat.
- Layer your sand, rocks, or mulch in the container, and don't forget charcoal, which will absorb any odor caused by excess moisture.
The Art of Kokedama
Kokedama is a Japanese term which means "moss ball" and its a fast-growing trend in the world of miniature gardening. Basically, it's something which has been "planted" in a ball of moss, which is then wrapped in bonsai mix, layered with more moss, and bound with twine.
Kokedama is a form of bonsai in which you are stunting the plants growth, but creating a beautiful and peculiar work of art which can be suspended to hang or displayed on a pedestal.
Things to consider:
- Small plants which grow slowly are good choices for kokedama planters, bonsai starters have a wide selection
- Kokedama have limited root space to sustain them, so avoid situating in harsh conditions such as full sun or reflected heat.
- Watering will depend on sun exposure, wind and the type of plant. Generally, an indoor fern, such as the one pictured, will need to have its moss ball soaked once per week. If outdoors, mist between waterings.
Up-cycled Container Chic
Surely you've seen planters which are made of unusual recycled objects. This "up-cycling", as it's called, is wonderful for taking things which might have otherwise gone to waste and transforming them into a stylish home for a living thing. Basic tips for turning what might have become trash into container-gardening treasure:
- Whenever possible, poke drainage holes in your container. If you can't, be sure to layer charcoal in the bottom, and be cautious of over watering.
- If planting something which will be hung vertically like the birdcage pictured, use wire to hold the plants in place until their roots grow out enough to anchor them.
- Succulents are a savvy choice for up-cycled containers because the plants can be divided and nestled into little nooks and crannies.
These are just a few examples of projects you can accomplish with little time, your personal taste, and a little garden know-how. For recipe cards, and more adorable inspiration, visit us this weekend at our Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair at our new Rocklin location.
Saturday, March 19th & Sunday, March 20th 2016