I honestly don’t know if this was triggered by Corona and being stuck at home most of the time. Back in spring, when I was bombarded with ads everywhere and felt like doing major online shopping, I came across a kit that helps you build your own biosphere. It’s supposed to be for 8-year-olds, but since I’m a big kid at heart, I don’t care about these things at all. I was never really great at biology, so I thought I could learn something from this little project.
So one Saturday night, I sat down and assembled it, cause that’s what you do on a Saturday night when you’re 32. I was very excited and had high hopes. I unpacked everything, carefully read the instructions, grabbed whatever else I needed, and went for it. When the gloves from the kit didn’t fit me, it was probably a sign that I may be too old, after all.
At first, I was a bit overwhelmed but thought, if kids can figure this out, I should be able to. But let me tell you, those instructions sucked. Some parts were honestly not properly explained, and I had to figure things out myself. Which I did. I layered everything properly, placed the seeds, looked for a spot where it got natural light, gave it water, and then waited for something to happen.
What can I tell you? Some days it went good, on others it didn’t. I thought that a biosphere kinda regulates itself, and occasionally, I just have to add a few drops of water or let some air in. That’s what the instructions said. I checked almost everyday, sometimes it was too dry, sometimes too wet. It was pretty frustrating. At some point, it actually looked really amazing though, but then I left it alone for like two days, and it ended up dead. I don’t know how, I don’t why, and I was highly disappointed. Still am. I gave it my all and that’s what I got.
What did I learn from all of this? Nothing really, cause I still don’t get it. I may give it another try sometime, when I have nothing else going on, and I can check on it, everyday. Maybe I’ll try finding an 8-year-old who knows what he’s doing and can explain things to me, but I doubt it. Cause I followed the instructions and don’t know what else to do. If anyone is an expert, let me know.