Designing a Sealed Jar Terrarium

I learned about a man, a while ago, who owns a sealed jar terrarium that has only been watered once in 53 years (See the article). I was intrigued by the idea of creating a self sustaining ecosystem in a bottle, and decided to try making one. I decided to design my own tools in order to have adequate access to the bottle, since the one I wanted to use was an old bourbon bottle with a narrow mouth.

After designing and building the tools, I found some moss and bought a small plant and used the tools to insert the moss, plant and soil into the jar. I added some water, and now I'll wait to see how it does.

The finished terrarium.

The finished terrarium.

Creating the tools needed to set up the plants and dirt inside of a bottle with a small mouth.

Creating the tools needed to set up the plants and dirt inside of a bottle with a small mouth.

Four tools: tweezers, shovel, tamper, and glass cleaning tool.

Four tools: tweezers, shovel, tamper, and glass cleaning tool.

Inserting the plant with a the tweezer tools.

Inserting the plant with a the tweezer tools.

The finished terrarium, workspace, and tools.

The finished terrarium, workspace, and tools.

The plant and moss that are planted in the terrarium.

The plant and moss that are planted in the terrarium.