Lately the recipes that I’ve been making have called for lots of fresh herbs. Most of the time, you have to buy a certain amount (aka much more than what the recipe calls for) which means a few days later when I open my fridge, I see a pile of browned and dried-out herbs. The scene may seem inevitable, yet I can’t help but feel guilty when I realize what I’ve wasted.
Instead of buying herbs and letting them go bad, I decided to plant a cute little garden right in my kitchen! Thank you Pinterest 🙂 This DIY project is super easy and will be extremely useful all year long. You too can nurture these herb plants right in your own kitchen with water, some sunlight, and a little TLC!
- glass mason jars
- mason jar carrier
- pre-grown seedlings or seed packets
- organic potting soil
- water & sunlight
First, pick which herbs you want to grow. Think about the herbs you tend to use more often than others and go from there. I chose mint, basil, parsley, and oregano because these are the herbs that I’ve been using most frequently.
Next, fill each mason jar with organic potting soil. Sprinkle a few seeds of your chosen herb into the soil & cover with a little additional soil. After the seedlings are in, pour enough water to just dampen the soil. Then, wait patiently for you herbs to grow! I couldn’t find a pre-grown mint plant (I only went to one store and didn’t feel like going anywhere else) so I had to use seedlings for this one.
If you’re using pre-grown seedlings, place your plant in the middle of the jar and back fill with soil so the root ball is level or just below the surface of the mason jar opening.
Finally, keep the jar of herbs moist but not sodden. DO NOT OVER-WATER. I REPEAT, DO NOT OVER-WATER! You can add rocks or marbles to the bottom of the jar to help with drainage but I didn’t.
Also, be sure to read the recommendations for the amount of sun each plant needs. This is key to the success of your herb garden.
Do you use a lot of herbs to cook?