Preserve Tomatoes, With or without skins, In a flash!
Newsflash: preserving fresh garden tomatoes is waaay easier than you think! Our garden is in full swing and producing lots of Beefsteak, Roma and grape tomatoes. We have tomatoes coming out our ears! No sweat though – preserving tomatoes doesn’t require a day-long, expensive canning process like it used to.
DIY open-air terrarium (or at our home, Yoda’s home on planet Dagobah).
I’ve always been obsessed with terrariums, but was too intimidated to try my own. After I came upon some free supplies, I decided it was time to try my own open air terrarium as a special project with Dub.
First, here is what you need for an open air terrarium:
- Glass vessel
- Succulent plants – as many as you can fit in your container. (I found mine at Home Depot)
- Potting soil
- Small gravel (the size you find in fish aquariums)
- Large smooth stones, if desired
- Moss – I used sheet moss
First, make sure your vessel and rocks are clean. Then, I placed the large decorative stones around the edge and filled the middle with the gravel for drainage.
Cover the rocks with moss which acts as a filter.
Next, cover the moss with as much soil as your plants need to build roots. We covered our soil with moss because we liked the way it looked, but this is optional.
When you’re done arranging your plants, give it some water to set the soil and roots in place and continue watering just a bit each week, being careful not to over-water, which promotes rot.
Overall, this ended up being incredibly inexpensive for me since we sourced everything for free except the plants and soil. This was a fun project to do with Dub. He was stoked about this project and excited to put the terrarium in his room!