I love fresh herbs and love to use them in many different recipes; the one thing I don’t have is a green thumb. No matter what I do I can hardly grow anything, so last year I bought a cheap fern palm tree kind of thingy and put it in my kitchen window and guess what… that thing is growing and growing and growing. I was super excited and decided I think it’s time to grow my own herbs and place them into the kitchen window.
Can’t be THAT hard, other people grow herbs all the time. I set off to Lowes to see what options they had and sadly all their herbs looked pitiful. I knew as bad as they looked I probably would kill them in no time. Plus, they were $5-$6 each. Wasn’t gonna happen.
I checked out the seed section and found a lot of great Herbs for under $2 a pack and decided that would be the way to go for some healthy, strong herbs. I could wait the 6+weeks it will take them to grow.
I decided to use some of my Ball canning Jars to plant my Herbs in and put them on the window seal to get the heat and sun they oh so deserved. You can make it, too. It is super simple and takes no time at all.
I grabbed a quart size Ball Jar for each of the Herbs I wanted to grow, I know some herbs will not grow together, at least not for me, so each of them has their very own little habitat, hope they are gonna be comfy and produce lots of amazing flavor for my dishes.
Herb Seed of choice
potting soil for vegetables
rocks for drainage
quart mason jars, ball jars or any kind of glass jar you have around
Place the rocks into the Jar first for drainage, I layered them about 2 rows high, add potting soil and last add the seeds; water carefully and wrap the top with the plastic wrap; close the lid from your jar, only use the outside ring. Take a sharp object like a knife or even a toothpick and prick holes into the plastic wrap to create a warm and moist environment for your herbs to grow. Now place them in a warm and sunny spot and wait… till they grow and produce nice, healthy herbs for your dinner.
Don’t forget to water them every so often, sprinkle some water on top of the plastic wrap and it will drain down OR remove the wrap and add a little water with a sprayer to keep them wet.
On my last World Market trip, I found these cute chalk board signs and I think they will go so well with the Mason Jar Herb Garden. You can label them any way you like or even just put the empty packaging behind your herb till they are grown and you know what they are. Totally up to you.
Simple as that… now, with a little luck I will have delicious, fresh herbs in no time at all. I told you, you can have your fresh herbs anytime of the year with this simple Herb Garden thanks to the help of some glass jars.