Make your desk a little prettier, boost your spirits and get an extra dose of oxygen with a portable mini-garden beloved of the Victorians.
Begin by adding 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) of small rocks, gravel or activated charcoal to the base of an open-top glass container. Add a layer of potting soil, packing it lightly to avoid air pockets. Remove plants (succulents, cacti, bromeliads, ferns, mosses and other slow growing plants work best) from their container and place into the soil. Ensure that plants do not reach the top of the glass container and are not planted too tightly together. Water and place in a spot with indirect light (succulents, cacti and bromeliads prefer full sun). Lightly mist terrarium daily to maintain moist soil. Trim plants occasionally.
This original article first appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of City Style and Living Magazine