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Terrariums

Like tiny, magical worlds, terrariums are self-sustaining eco-systems inside glass. Fill a container -- from a tiny bottle to a large glass tank -- with soil, moss, and plants as desired, and lightly spritz with water before closing. Terrariums can be homes for succulents, orchids, or (with a little more maintenance) even a lizard.

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Welcome guests to a spring meal with little pots of moss. Covered with a glass, each looks like a mini terrarium. Fill a 1 1/2-inch terra-cotta pot with moss, insert twig in center, and glue a name tag to twig. Cover with a glass, which can be used for drinks.

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It may be gray outside, but it's always green in these moss terrariums. We used kitchen canisters, which are readily available and inexpensive; their tight-fitting lids capture the condensation the plants require to thrive.