A crafty gardener turns a simple glass jar into a beautiful home-grown rainforest


We absolutely love some terrariums here at DenGarden. Everything from unique antique storage renovations to Dollar Store finds, but there are still plenty of ideas to discover and marvel at.


And this rainforest-inspired terrarium created by Roosevelt from Roosevelt’s Terrariums is such an idea. This self-sustaining ecosystem, and yes that means you’ll even be adding little animals to help break down the plants and return those nutrients to the soil, is just amazing.

The creator starts with an ordinary glass jar, large enough to hold everything it needs for the ecosystem to survive. He starts by laying down a layer of lava rock and charcoal to help with some of the necessary filtration, then dirt is laid on top.

Soil creates the base for living plants which are then planted. For the main visual component, Roosevelt lays down a large piece of knotted wood, already growing some greenery, before gently placing more greenery around the sides of the wood. Looks like there is ivy along with other plant species, but you can watch the video for some more details.

Water is then added, which will be recirculated and recycled, allowing the plants to live and thrive without additional outside help. After that the critters are added, small woodlice that crawl around and nibble on the greenery before giving back to the ground what it needs to help support the greenery.

The end result is a fully contained life cycle, a piece of the outdoors brought into your home, and will take very little maintenance on your end!


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