If you’re anything like me, you’ll agree that there is nothing more frustrating than overpriced herbs! I really dislike having to spend $5 for a small bunch of fresh herbs when I need it to complete one dish and it wilts within a day of being in my vegetable crisper. I began researching DIY indoor herb vegetable gardens and completely fell in love with this idea from Camille Styles website (http://camillestyles.com/uncategorized/transformed-mason-jar-herb-garden/). I love the look & concept but unfortunately the hanging vertical style doesn’t fit my kitchen décor. I’ve recently become a little obsessed with mason jars (using them for morning oats, smoothies, salads etc) and decided to give herbs in mason jars a try.
What I used:
- 3 large mason jars (I bought mine from k-mart for $2)
- 3 small seedlings (I bought mint, basil and coriander)
- Organic potting soil
- Rocks / pebbles / gravel
* Before adding soil to the jars, fill 1-2inches with loose rocks / pebbles. This allows water to drain to the bottom of the jar and keep the soil damp but not soaked.
There are many cute DIY ways to label your herbs. Initially I was going to buy chalkboard paint & chalk, but decided to take a more ‘organic’ and cost efficient approach. I collected 3 twigs from our backyard, used our carrot peeler (seriously!) to shave off a slice and wrote the labels on the sticks. I think they turned out awesome! 1 week on and the herbs look happy, healthy and are growing!
- DIY Herb Gardens we love! (themotherboards.ca)
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- 7 Eco-Friendly DIY Summer Crafts for Creative Adults (and Kids!) (inhabitat.com)