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Dorm Zen: Grow a (Teeny) Garden

February 20th, 2009 admin

Frankly, school has always stressed me out. Sometimes the mere sight of a text books makes my jaw tighten and a headache start building. Which is why I think it’s important (and just plain nice) to have a little moment of zen now and then.

Your Moment of Zen

Plants have long been revered as having a soothing influence, and its actually pretty rewarding to take care of something and watch it thrive.

If you want to start off with a super-easy plant, I’d recommend getting a “Lucky Bamboo” plant (these aren’t actually a true bamboo, but they look like it). You can get a good one for around $10, and they are very easy to care for–just make sure there is some water in the little bowl and you’re pretty much good to go. (Find more detailed care tips here or here .) My mom gave me a Lucky Bamboo before I went away to college, and it followed me through almost all four years!

Taking it to the Next Level

Once I’d mastered the Lucky Bamboo, I wanted to move on to something a little more exciting, so I tried out a terrarium. A terrarium is basically a little grouping of plants in a glass container. I tried one, too, in a glass “hurricane jar” from Crate & Barrell. (I tried to upload a pic for you but I kept getting an error message… Sorry!)

Plants like ferns (that’s what I chose) or cacti are great low-maintenance plants for terrariums. Learn more about making your own here. Just so you know, the Lucky Bamboo is way easier to maintain, but these terrariums are an awesome way to bring the outdoors in (especially in a cold climate!) Or check out these adorable thimble gardens.

No green thumb?

You can still make a silly toy-terrarium … Whatever it takes to reach the pinnacle of relaxation, right? šŸ˜‰

photo: two straight lines

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  • 1. Jenny  |  February 23rd, 2009 at 11:14 am

    What a cute idea to spruce up a dreary dorm room! I love your creative posts. Just wanted to let you know that we are linking to Surviving College Life on our blog,, so that James Madison University students can read your fun ideas.

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  • 3. BB  |  March 2nd, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    this is THE cutest idea. I’m going to try it in my apartment. It looks simple and tranquil. I’d love you link this post on my page. I think this article is great!

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