25 Gallon Beer Fermenter Converted into a Terrarium
Hey everyone what an incredible hobby this is, making terrariums such fun, the latest thing I do in my spare time. I really let the creative juices flow on this one been number 3.
How did I manage that garden landscape albeit not been able to access inside with my hands you may ask? Long homemade tweezers.
This was an old beer fermenter I used to brew beer in for 2 years odd, until sadly one day it cracked. Instead of throwing it away, I did a little research and got creative.
Firstly one needs to line the bottom level with 11mm stones for 'drainage" most plants don't like wet feet (roots). Then a layer of charcoal, another layer of peatmoss mixed with worm fras and then the planting begins.
I had to acces the inside with an array of 'tools" from a long cardboard pipe/funnel to a prod and homemade tweezers. It all turned out rather nicely I think.
These are generally lower light plants and plants which don't tend to grow too large.. very important when the selection process of plants for terrariums. I take mine out daily for a little sun as my house doesn't get direct sunlight and I don't currently have any grow lights.
I think it came out quiet well and it really adds a lovely natural light and vibrance to my home.
Nature the incredible.
I trust you have a wonderful Wednesday.
Love, light and blessings.
It looks even better then it sounds!
Have you done research on how the keep insects, bacteria, fungi, and plant life cycles in balance inside?
One think I tend to notice when a plant is suffering the top moss that developed starts browning later in Summer. Maybe this is a sign the soil has dried so often it is not able to absorb water from the air or base anymore.
I keep a small jar terrarium covered with a clear plastic cup. Seems to work well on my carnivorous plant and my fern/moss experiment I started from spores. I keep it indoors all year round, away from the window in summer, and only mist or water with distilled water whenever the glass is no longer showing condensation. Going on two years now showing good health. Almost zero maintenance.
Hey brother long time are you well?? It's still early days and my third one. I water with borehole water it's pretty good. The lighting i plan to use a 60 watt equivalent warm white will this suffice failing which ill need to take out daily which i want to prevent as thats a big mission. Stone's at the bottom then charcoal then peatmoss fras mix works well it seems. What are your grow mixtures? Be blessed thanks for popping in. Cheer$;)
The carnivorous plant I have never changed the mix it came with. Looks like sphagnum moss. For the ferns they are growing on decomposed pine wood and some coco coir, in a ceramic jar half full, to protect against direct sun/heat.
Thanks for the insights.
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Awesome thanks a ton