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Rainforest In A Jar

Rainforest In a Jar

Rainforest In a Jar

 

I have been seeing home made terrariums and succulent wreaths and the like I saw this and thought this was a perfect craft for the home. It is a learning experience and looks pretty awesome too. Many of the materials used for this project can be found in your home with the exception of the plants which is a great way to use up odds and ends of gardening materials and containers.

 

 

 

 

Materials:

  • Glass container with a top and an opening wide enough to fit your hand into
  • Pea gravel or aquarium gravel
  • Activated charcoal (available at gardening stores)
  • Potting soil mix
  • Selection of small houseplants (the one above includes a prayer plant, a button fern, a Persian shield, an aluminum plant, and a miniature African violet)
  • Spray bottle

Instructions
1. Place a 1- to 2-inch layer of the gravel in the container, then sprinkle on a thin layer of the activated charcoal.
2.Top this with a layer (from 2 inches to as much as one fourth of the height of the terrarium) of potting soil.
3.To add the plants, first scoop out holes for planting, then take the plants from their pots and carefully remove any excess soil from their roots.
4.Set the plants in their holes, then gently pack the soil around each one.
5.Lightly mist the plants with a spray bottle.
6. Replace the jar’s lid and set the rain forest in a bright spot away from direct sunlight. Your indoor garden may never need watering, but check it every few weeks and add more water by lightly spritzing the plants with the spray bottle if the soil feels dry.
7.If heavy condensation forms inside the glass, temporarily lift the cover to let some of the moisture escape.

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Rainforest Forever

I know you might think that purchasing a tree as a gift is a lame idea however I beg to differ. Rainforest Forever makes some excellent points as to why it isn’t such a lame gift.

One Rainforest Tree Helps Us Breath- The Amazon Rainforest has been described as the “Lungs of our Planet” because it provides the essential environmental world service of continuously recycling carbon dioxide into oxygen. More than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.

One Rainforest Tree Can Heal The Sick – 25% of Western
pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, but less that 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists. More than 2,000 tropical rainforest plants have been identified with the potential to fight cancer.

One Rainforest Tree Supports an Abundance of Life- More than half of the world’s estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests. There are more fish species in the Amazon river system than in the entire Atlantic ocean.

One Rainforest Tree Gives Hope – There were an estimated ten million
Indians living in the Amazonian Rainforest five centuries ago. Today there are less than 200,000. Protection of the rainforest means these valuable tribes live on, passing the secrets of the rainforest from generation to generation.

One Rainforest Tree Protects Our Future- The rainforest is
necessary for a healthy and livable planet. You can protect and save this important source of life. A Rainforest Tree is not only a special gift to yourself or a loved one . . . a Rainforest Tree is a special gift to the entire world.

Rainforest Forever packages range in price from $50-$70 which really isn’t much more than you would usually spend on most gifts and this gift is better than most. You have an opportunity to save our planet. In a time where material things are generally what is most important to people I think if we all became more thoughtful in our gift giving people would be less interested in one more bag or gadget that they will either never use or use for a little while until something new peeks their interest and more interested in useful gifts that won’t sit somewhere and get dusty.