Good luck, Peggy! (And to answer your other question, my last name is pronounced "BUS-ee." Thanks for writing.)
Quest for terrarium continues
I discovered a really fun, cool product that might just fill my need for a terrarium, at least until I find a suitable glass jar. It's called The Plantarium Garden Lab, and it's got acrylic containers and seeds, like many other systems. But this one has a translucent gel as a planting medium, so gardeners young and old can watch the entire germination and photosynthesis process. The medium was developed by NASA engineers and tested in space, so that makes it really cool.
Plantarium's nutrition-infused gel takes the place of soil and allows seeds to grow into plants without water or sunlight. The roots start forming after just a few days, and full-grown plants are ready to be transferred to larger pots after a couple of weeks.
The kits have everything you need, including the greenhouse containers, colored gels and seeds. The Plantarium Garden Lab comes with three containers and four kinds of seeds (basil, tomato, cucumber and rucola arugula). The Mini Portable has one container and two types of seeds (clover and melon). Super includes a super-sized container (equal to three single containers) and four types of seeds (red chili pepper, parsley, thyme and rucola arugula).
I found one of the Plantarium Garden Lab varieties at www.store.exploratorium.edu for $24.95.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.