The House Gardener (£19, E-bay) does not only show you how to build your very own plant terrariums - it also give you a million and one tips on house plants, various gift ideas and how to protect plants from being eaten by your cat (and vice versa). I managed to snatch it from Urban Outfitters for a tenner and have no regrets whatsoever. Even if you're not planning to have a plant terrarium ridden house - this book will make a beautiful coffee table addition!
Now to the cactus terrarium itself - how to make one?
✓ get a terrarium - the best places to get them from are Asda (they had an affordable one for just £10!), Oliver Bonas (you can get my beautiful mini glass house here), Urban Outfitters (beautiful but rather pricey!), TK Maxx (they always have some in stock) and if you want a truly vintage piece then look on E-bay
✓ get some cacti - I found that the healthiest and more affordable ones are at flower stalls, believe it or not! the IKEA ones are just not particularly healthy or cute, the B&Q ones are just a little too big and the ones in Wilkos - don't even get me started on Wilkos and how they (don't) take care of their plants
✓ get cactus soil mix or just sand (it needs to be bitty and quite granular to allow for decent drainage) and pebbles for decoration (optional)
✓ now go wild and create your little cactus world!
As you can see, Cookie wasn't particularly impressed with the whole cactus shebang - no wonder, these are the only plants in the house he hasn't tasted yet, the little bugger!
Have you made a cactus terrarium yet?
Share your blog posts below if you have, I'd love to see them!