Herbs in a jar

Forget the usual terracotta and (ugh!) plastic pots for container gardening. When you grow herbs in mason jars, you can have garden fresh ingredients on hand and also add some style to a sunny windowsill.

Picture a row of mason jars filled with different herbs—basil, chives, parsley, cilantro, thyme, rosemary—dressing up your kitchen. Pretty, right? The clear glass allows you to see the herbs’ rich root structure growing through the soil. And the greenery growing out of the top of the jar adds a dash of spring color to a room. Plus, you can clip off an herb in seconds to add to your culinary creations. Doesn’t get much easier (or more fresh) than that!

With the right conditions—ample light and proper drainage—most herbs are extremely easy to grow, and growing them in mason jars is no different. This project might be easier with transplants, but you can certainly grow your herbs from seeds if you wish. Here’s how to get your gorgeous mason jar herb garden started.

1. First, fill the bottom of your mason jars with sand, marbles, pebbles or gravel. You’ll need about an inch or so of material, depending on the size of the mason jar. These elements will act as drainage, absorbing any excess water.

2. Fill ‘er up with organic garden soil and transfer your herbs. Be sure to use light, fluffy soil (not clay-like soil) to promote drainage.

3. If you want to start your herbs from seed, place the seeds underneath a thin layer of seed starting mix after you fill the jars with soil. Care for your plants according to package instructions.

Finally, add some labels so you won’t forget what you planted! Check out these five whimsical ways to label your seeds for ideas.

You diy, recycling junkies could also use pasta jars, pickle jars or whatever other glass container you come across for this project.

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Tools

You’ll need 10 key items in order to create your mason jar herb garden:

  • wooden boards
  • wall adhesive
  • Tapcon® screws
  • hose clamps
  • cable staples
  • wide-mouth mason jars
  • potting soil
  • activated horticultural charcoal
  • stones
  • plants

Directions

  1. Find a piece of reclaimed wood to serve as the base or plaque for the wall. My father had some old planks in the basement, which we didn’t even have to cut. They were the perfect size and length.
  2. Place the hose clamps on the wooden board. You can eyeball where they might go at first before measuring so that you can get a sense of how many hose clamps and mason jars you may need.
  3. Place the wooden board on the wall so you can get a sense of where you would like to position it. Note: If you’re growing herbs, you’ll want to keep the herb garden in close proximity to a window, because plants like rosemary and sage like a lot of light. If you place the boards in indirect light, you probably should grow other species of plants — like ferns and creeping figs, for example.
  4. After the wooden boards are in place, use a wall adhesive to secure boards. This is just the preliminary step to make sure the board is secure, seeing that it is going to hold weight on a vertical surface.
  5. Use Tapcon® screws to secure boards. This is the secondary step to secure the boards. Depending on wall surface, you may be able to use different screws. I installed mine on an old brick wall, so we found the Tapcon® screws worked the best.
  6. Measure where the center of the hose clamps should be on board and secure them into place with 3’4” cable staple. The cable staple can be easily hammered into place.
  7. Place 1” of stones in bottom of mason jars. Since mason jars don’t have any drainage, the stones will serve as interior “drainage holes” at the bottom.
  8. After stones are in place, add ½” of charcoal to the bottom of the mason jars. Charcoal balances the pH in soil, assists with drainage, and also prevents bacteria buildup in the soil due to overwatering. The bacteria can hurt the plant roots and cause disease or death in plants.
  9. Add soil and plants to each mason jar. This is the fun part! The best part of mason jars is that they make great planters, and they’re clear, so you can see when plant roots need watering.
  10. Arrange plants how you want them on the wall and secure them in the hose clamps. Make sure the clamps are tight — not loose! — around the jars.
  11. Voila! Your mason jar garden is complete. In order to see my own wall come together, you can watch the video above.

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A mason jar herb garden is the perfect spring craft. Grab some jars and some herb seed and start your plants today, then harvest your herbs later this spring for tons of fresh dishes or to create some DIY herbal sachets!

Mason Jar Herb Garden

If you love all things rustic and farmhouse, a mason jar herb garden is just waiting for you. Mason jar gardening is growing in popularity and it’s a pretty way to display your favorite herbs. Create your own with pint or quart jars, potting soil and seeds. Marking your herbs has never been easier when you use a roll of outdoor vinyl with a Cricut machine.

Rather buy it? These vintage-inspired mason jar planters use a passive hydroponic system that makes it easy to grow your own herbs.

Related: Love herb gardens and want more ideas? Try this herb garden design with a rustic wheel or this idea for freezing herbs. We love fun ways to plant herbs!

Supplies to make a mason jar herb garden:

  • Mason jars (pint or quart will work) or any wide glass jar
  • Outdoor vinyl
  • Transfer tape
  • Cricut machine
  • Weeding tools (optional)
  • File for cutting herb markers (click here to access)
  • Rocks
  • Soil or potting mix
  • Herb seed (don’t throw out those seed packets, use them for this project!)

Instructions for making this mason jar herb garden:

  1. Start by uploading the herb marker file to your Cricut Design Space software. If you don’t know how to do this, you can get an explanation here.
  2. Resize to fit your jars.
  3. Cut from outdoor vinyl.
  4. Use weeding tools to remove all excess from vinyl.
  5. Then apply transfer tape over the top of the vinyl.
  6. Use the transfer tape to add the words to the jars. Press down well to adhere.
  7. Repeat until all of the jars that you want to use are marked.
  8. Then add rocks to the bottom of each jar for drainage.
  9. Fill the jars with soil.
  10. Add in your seeds according to the directions on the package for each type.
  11. Water and watch your herbs grow!

This quick and easy mason jar herb garden is a great addition to your porch or even your kitchen window. Imagine an entire line of these on your windowsill! It doesn’t get any better than growing your own herbs, right from the comfort of your own home.

Which plants will you add to your mason jar herb garden? Pick your favorites and get your own mason jar herb garden started right away. Use your fresh herbs all summer long!

Have leftover mason jars to use? Another great spring project would be these adorable Fairy Garden Mason Jar Terrariums or these Easter Bunny Mason Jars! For a fun way to use mason jars to decorate around the home, try these farmhouse inspired Mason Jar Photo Frames.

Lastly, if you have an outdoor garden, our painted rock garden markers make it easy to find which plant is which. Plus, they add character to your garden space!

Check out the video below for step by step instructions on this Mason Jar Herb Garden!

Author: Angie Holden

Supplies

  • Mason jars pint or quart will work
  • Outdoor vinyl
  • Transfer Tape
  • Cricut machine
  • Weeding tools optional
  • File for cutting herb markers click link in the blog post for access
  • Rocks
  • Soil or potting mix
  • Herb seed

Instructions

  • Start by uploading the herb marker file (find the link in the post) to your Cricut Design Space software.
  • Resize to fit your jars.
  • Cut from outdoor vinyl.
  • Use weeding tools to remove all excess from vinyl.
  • Then apply transfer tape over the top of the vinyl.
  • Use the transfer tape to add the words to the jars. Press down well to adhere.
  • Repeat until all of the jars that you want to use are marked.
  • Then add rocks to the bottom of each jar for drainage.
  • Fill the jars with soil.
  • Add in your seeds according to the directions on the package for each type.
  • Water and watch your herbs grow!

This post was originally published here on Mar 13, 2018.

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This post comes from our blog intern, Aubrie!

Every time I open my refrigerator to survey its contents, I witness a small pile of plastic bags containing browned and dried-out herbs that I seemed to have abandoned tumbling towards me. When I reach in to open the bag, I notice their savory aromas have disappeared in effect of my neglect. The scene may seem ordinary and inevitable, yet I can’t help but feel disheartened when I realize what I’ve wasted.

I love everything about fresh herbs. I love going to the local market and picking up a bunch of basil to smell its sweet scent and imagine the fresh tomato and corn I will toss together into a tasty medley. With warmer weather comes an abundance of fresh herbs in my diet; fresh mint is the perfect addition to a new cocktail recipe, while dill adds a mild flair when mixed into homemade sauces. There are so many uses for fresh herbs that go beyond what’s served on the picnic table. Did you know that sage can be a natural remedy for jellyfish stings and spider bites? Or that parsley aids digestion and prevents bloating?

It’s amazing how a few leaves that go unnoticed at the bottom of our refrigerators are actually quite important. In honor of #FPEarthMonth, instead of buying herbs and letting them go bad, I decided to plant a cute little garden right in my kitchen! Mason jars are so easy to find and I love their clean and classic look, which fits with my decor perfectly. You too can nurture these lovely plants right in your own kitchen with water, some sunlight, and a little love!

What you need:

Glass Mason jars

Seed packets for various herbs, or pre-grown seedlings

Labels

Plenty of sunlight (be sure to read the recommendations on the seed packets)

Water

Start off by choosing which herbs you’d like to grow. Think about your cuisine choices, and which herbs you tend to use more often than others. I chose sage, mint, basil, parsley, and dill because I already have plenty of recipes planned for the warmer months ahead and these herbs will compliment them perfectly.

Make sure to label the jars as you place the seeds in their corresponding pot. Then fill each mason jar almost all the way to the top with organic potting soil. Sprinkle in a few seeds of your chosen herb to the jar and cover with a little additional soil. Follow by pouring enough water to only dampen the soil.

The next part is just all about being patient and waiting for your plants to grow. Make sure they have plenty of sunlight and water each day!

Your varying herbs will probably take different amounts of time to germinate and start sprouting. Allow approximately one month before you can most likely start using your herbs for all of their satisfying benefits.

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Get ready for some frank talk about indoor herbs. Those mason jar planters you saw online are adorable, yes, but are they the best way to grow herbs indoors? This article will give you a healthy dose of realistic expectations for indoor herbs and the knowledge to create beautiful indoor herb gardens that will survive and THRIVE.
Plants suited for indoors can generally adapt to less light, drier air, and a lack of wind. Most herbs love the sun and even a bright window won’t give them quite as much as they would like. This means that the plants will grow leggy, reaching for the sun.

Then why on earth would I ever create an indoor herb garden?! Well, herbs are also edible plants, which makes any container design that features them fluid. The herbs will be harvested as they grow tall (or long) reaching for light. As the herbs grow and are clipped, it keeps the container garden neat and useful.

Success With Herbs Indoors

There are a few things that will make your indoor garden a success:

  1. Create realistic expectations for your indoor herb garden. The herbs won’t produce as much as they would outdoors in the proper conditions. They will also not recover as well from harvesting. An indoor herb garden will require that the plants be replaced if they start to look scraggly.
  2. There is more maintenance involved but it is certainly worth it if you expect that your indoor herb garden is part herb garden and part art feature. Some projects are just worth the effort. This herb garden is such a show feature in my kitchen that I think it’s well worth the maintenance.
  3. Indoor potting soil will keep the critters—like those pesky soil gnats—away.
  4. Use a liquid organic fertilizer when watering, as the soil doesn’t have the same nutrition as it would outdoors.
  5. Place the garden in the brightest spot you have, keeping in mind that hot, direct sun can be amplified though a window.
  6. Adequate drainage is important for healthy herbs. Planting herbs in mason jars may look pretty, but it’s a pretty sure bet those plants won’t last long. The soil needs proper drainage so that the roots don’t stay wet and rot. If you are planting herbs in mason jars or other containers that don’t drain, it’s best to think of them as temporary decorative arrangements as opposed to a functioning garden.

Great! So now you know HOW to grow your herbs indoors and what to expect from them. Before you run out and grab your seeds, read about which herbs are BEST for indoors and those which are better left outside!

This Vertical Herb Planter Will Spice Up Your Kitchen:

Want to learn more about growing edible plants indoors? Check out this list of Edible Garden Hacks: Delectable Edibles You Can Grow Indoors!

A couple of week ago I did a post on some YUMMY Herb Butter I made to go on corn on the cob (or just about any other savory side!) Ever since we finished it, I’ve been craving more! The only thing stopping me from making it is going to the store and buying the fresh herbs. I really hate those packages of herbs they sell in the produce department. They are WAY overpriced and the herbs are only SEMI-fresh. Plus, you end up with WAY more than you need for one recipe.

So when I saw this simple idea from Dimples & Pigtales (how cute is that name!?) for growing an “herb garden” in your very own kitchen, I couldn’t get to the store to buy seeds fast enough! Other than having to buy the seeds, everything else I already had at home. Mason jars – Check! Potting soil – Check!

And that’s really all you need! I also added a bit of string and a cute chalkboard tag that I got at Staples (Martha Stewart Home Office) so I could remember what I planted in each jar (although I ended up mixing them all up anyway! Notice the TWO tags that say “Chives”. I’m hopeless sometimes.)

Although it’s a bit redundant to give you “directions” on how to make your own window sill herb garden (since I basically just did), here is a quick step-by-step with photos to make it SUPER simple.

How To Make Your Own Mason Jar Herb Garden

What you will need:

  • 6 mason jars (I used 3 quart sized and 3 pint sized, just for fun)
  • enough potting soil to fill all your jars
  • various herb seeds (choose your favorites!)

Fill the mason jars almost to the top with soil, leaving enough room to add just enough additional soil to lightly cover the seeds.

Add seeds to each jar following planting instructions on the seed packet. (Or just sprinkle some in each jar like I did.)

Cover lightly with more soil. You don’t want to plant them too deep because they need the sun (and water) to germinate. Add just enough water to each jar to wet the soil and the seeds. I used a condiment-style squeeze bottle to control the water flow so I didn’t dislodge the seeds.

Affix some sort of tag to your jars to aid in identifying them as they sprout. (In hindsight, this would have been smarter to do BEFORE I added the seeds because it’s pretty hard to tell what seeds are in what jar AFTER you plant them! lol)

I planted my herb garden on June 13th and took these pictures 2 days ago. Coming along quite nicely don’t you think? I haven’t actually used any in cooking yet, but just as soon as they’re a little farther along, herb butter is at the top of the list!

Now when I have a recipe that calls for fresh herbs, my “supply” is a short walk to my window sill. 🙂

What dishes do you use fresh herbs in the most? (I’m fishing for some more ways to use mine!) 🙂

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Mason Jar Herb Garden: Growing Herbs In Canning Jars

A simple, quick and fun project that will add not only a decorative touch but doubles as a useful culinary staple is a Mason jar herb garden. Most herbs are extremely easy to grow and growing them in a jar is a straightforward endeavor as long as you provide plenty of light and proper drainage.

A couple of herb garden Mason jars tucked into a bookshelf or resting in a sunny windowsill add a splash of outdoor color to the kitchen. Plus, the added benefit is you can easily snip off a sprig from your jar of herbs for your latest culinary masterpiece. Suitable plants for herb jars include:

  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Chives
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary

How to Grow Herbs in a Mason Jar

The first step to creating a Mason jar herb garden is obtaining the jars. Used for canning foods since 1858, Mason jars are still available today. However, searching for them at flea markets, thrift stores or Grandma’s basement or attic is a fun, inexpensive way of getting your jars and you can pat yourself on the back for recycling and repurposing! You may even use recycled pasta or pickle jars with the labels soaked and the jars thoroughly washed.

Starting your jar of herbs from seeds in the Mason jar is not a recommended course of action. Using transplants is a surer recipe for success when planting herbs in canning jars, such as the plants for herb jars listed above. Herbs have roots that are a little larger than their top growth so be sure to use a jar that allows for the root growth. It is helpful to select drought friendly herbs in case of missed watering, and trailing herbs like some thyme look lovely in the glass jar.

Adequate drainage is essential for your herbs in canning jars, so the next step is to drill a few holes in the Mason jar. This step can be dangerous, so be sure to wear safety glasses and gloves. Use a diamond cutting drill bit and cover the jar with cutting oil. Use even pressure and drill slowly to prevent breakage. Make several 1/8 to ¼ inch holes in the Mason jar. Fill the bottom of the jar with broken pottery shards, colored stones or the like to improve drainage and add visual interest to your Mason jar herb garden.

Conversely, if you do not have a drill or are timid about using it on glass, you may simply fill the bottom with an inch or so of stones, marbles, pottery bit, etc. to keep the roots from becoming too wet and rotting.

Fill the jar with a bagged potting mix or your own mix of equal part sphagnum peat, compost and sand to about 1 inch below the jar’s edge. Fertilizer can be added into the soil medium at this point or use a soluble fertilizer after planting.

Plant the transplanted herbs so the root ball is level or slightly below the surface of the potting media. Moisten the potting media first with a bit of warm water, then add the mix, covering the tallest transplant root ball so it sits with its top surface ¾ inch below the rim of the jar. Water the Mason jar herb garden thoroughly.

Allow any excess water to drain in the sink or in a shallow tray and then place the herbs in canning jars in a sunny area where they get at least six hours of sun per day. Keep the jar of herbs moist but not sodden. As the plants outgrow the jars, replace them with new transplants and move the bigger herbs into larger pots.

by Matt Gibson

Many fabulous recipes call for fresh herbs. If you skip the herbs, the dish is now lacking that key ingredient that pulls it all together. Dried herbs just don’t have the bold flavor that fresh herbs do, and they are not a substitute that is even worth rolling the dice on. So, what do you do to give that recipe the fresh herbs that it needs? You go up to the grocery store and you pay an exorbitant amount of money for a tiny little frustrating package of fresh herbs, most of which that end up wasted and wilting in your refrigerator after you finish making the dish. This too-common scenario is a horrible waste of money and leftover herbs.

Growing your own herbs, however, is a wonderful solution to this problem, and you don’t even have to dig around in the dirt outside to make it happen. The new trend in culinary gardening is making your own herb garden in cute and portable little Mason jars. Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow, especially if you start with a cutting, plant, or seedling, but even growing from seeds is not that complicated, and this new Mason jar method makes the process easier than ever before.

Gathering What You Will Need

The first thing you will need, obviously, is a set of Mason jars. Any old jar will do, so feel free to repurpose some spaghetti sauce jars or whatever you have lying around the house. Just be sure to wash off the labels so that you can make your own. But if it’s aesthetics that you are going for, there’s nothing like the real thing. The Mason jar was patented and invented by John Landis Mason back in 1858, and it is still being used today for everything from canning and pickling to making containers to grow herbs and spices right in your kitchen.

Find Mason jars in antique stores, in the cabinets of your grandparents’ house, or you can simply purchase some at the grocery store. The quart-sized Mason jars work the best for growing herbs. Get as many as you think you will need to accommodate a selection of your favorite herbs. As far as herbs are concerned, tender, non-woody herbs such as cilantro, parsley, and basil will work the best. Woody herbs, like rosemary, need a lot of soil to thrive, so it’s best to grow them outside where they have room for their roots to lounge and expand.

Either seedlings or seeds will work just fine, but seedlings will give you more of a chance at success than growing your plants from seed. When transplanting seedlings into your Mason jars, be sure to break up the root system a bit before replanting, as this encourages the roots to stretch out and get cozy in their new space.

If you’re growing your herb collection from seed, bury the seeds just under the surface of the soil, and be sure to water gently so as not to disturb the seed placement with a deluge. Aside from jars and seedlings or seeds, you will also need small rocks or gravel, potting mix, jar labels (for added cuteness), and perlite. There is one other optional ingredient, charcoal, you’ll need on hand to absorb some of the water that you’ll be pouring into these jars on a regular basis to keep the soil at each plant’s desired moisture level.That’s it—no long list of tools and materials, just a handful of items that are cheap and easy to acquire, and you’re well on your way to having a fresh herb garden in your kitchen.

The Process: Planting the Mason Jar

The only problem with Mason jar gardening is that this type of jar has no holes for drainage. A drainage-free container for plants can lead to moisture-related problems such as overwatering, mildew, and root rot. To avoid these issues, some gardeners have resorted to drilling holes in the jars themselves, which requires a specialized drill bit (and might destroy the jars or even lead you to injury if you’re not really careful). Considering you don’t have to go to the trouble of drilling holes to make your herb garden a success, let’s go with the alternative method: rocks.

Line the bottom of the jar with your rocks or gravel, setting their level about two inches deep. You can also use marbles for a more polished aesthetic if you prefer. This looser gravel layer will help with the drainage issue due to the lack of holes while keeping roots from getting sick and killing your herb plants. Some of the DIY sites that show how to make a Mason jar herb garden have left out this important step. Make sure that you don’t skip it, or this whole adventure is going to end in disappointment down the line when your plants start to suffer from the lack of drainage.

Once the rocks are placed, add a layer of half an inch to one inch of perlite. When you water the herbs in the coming weeks, you will use the perlite line to know when to stop watering. You want the water level to be just above the level of the rocks. The water will wick through the perlite to get to the plant’s roots as needed. If you are going to add charcoal, add no more than a half an inch on top of the perlite to improve absorption.

Now that the base is finished, you can go ahead and fill your Mason jar with potting mix almost to the top. Leave about an inch of space to work when you add the seeds to avoid a messy workstation when you’re done.

If you are using seeds as opposed to plants or stem cuttings, you want to sow them just barely under the surface of the potting soil, about an eighth to a quarter of an inch deep. If you are using seedlings (which we highly recommend, as it’s very hard to successfully grow herb plants from seeds, fill the jar partially with potting mix, then add the seedling. Remember to break up the roots to encourage root expansion, and then finish your Mason jar container off with potting mix. End by tamping down the top layer of soil around the seedling to make sure it’s securely planted.

How to Care for Your Herbs

Water your herb garden once at the start of the plants’ growing cycle, and don’t water again until you see that the rocks at the bottom of your jars are dry. Test to make sure it’s time to water by making sure the soil is dry when you stick a finger in at least an inch deep. You should water no more frequently than twice per week, unless you used too much charcoal. The amount of water you should give to your herbs will vary based on your home environment. Also keep in mind that some herbs prefer a drier growing environment than others, so the plant type you’ve selected can also cause watering level to fluctuate. Do your research to learn what each herb you are growing likes and doesn’t like when it comes to care so you can avoid rookie mistakes.

Place your Mason jars in the sunniest windowsill in your home, then sit back and watch the magic happen. Now, when a recipe calls for thyme or oregano, you’ve got it right within reach. No more wilting overpriced sprigs of rosemary in the refrigerator—no more dried herb substitutes that you won’t even notice in the dish. With your new Mason jar herb garden, you’ll always have fresh herbs within reach.

Once your herb plants begin to get bigger, you might consider moving them into a different container or transplanting them outside into the ground, where they can grow to massive sizes and give you a massive harvest. However, you may enjoy the Mason jar herb garden so much that you choose decide to start over from scratch each time. There’s no shame in that, either. Herbs from the produce section are so expensive that you’ll still be saving money by growing your own.

If you use a lot of one or two herbs in particular in your regular cooking routine, you may consider devoting more than one jar to a particular herb. In the kitchen, you’ll now have everything you need to make a variety of dishes taste a whole lot better. Having fresh herbs on hand is a gift to any foodie, plant aficionado, or serious home chef. Celebrate your new creation by making some tasty treats that make use of your herb collection.

Decorative Tips for Herb Gardens

We recommend using original Mason jars instead of a collection of recycled jars from your kitchen because an arrangement of plants potted in Mason jars looks super cool with the vintage-style glass containers clustered together. In just a few extra minutes, you can create your own labels and neatly write the names of the herbs you’ve chosen on them, making it simple to keep track of which herbs are which. Carefully selected labels also add to the decorative luster of your entire kitchen when you add them to your Mason jar herb garden.

Your herb garden is now completely portable. When it’s time to make some dinner, just grab the jars and take them with you. Most herbs need at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, but after that, you are free to move them wherever you like. If you’re entertaining, make use of the plants two ways by including the herbs in your dishes and using the Mason jar herb garden as a living centerpiece.

Gardening is not for everyone. Some of us just don’t have a green thumb, and no matter how hard we try, we kill off everything we touch. Even those gardeners who fall into this category can enjoy the benefits of a successful Mason jar herb garden. Ask any seasoned gardener for advice on easy-to-grow starter plants, and they will probably tell you that you can’t go wrong with herbs. Better still, once you have a little bit of success growing herbs in Mason jars, you may find that with a little practice, you have a green thumb after all.

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Growing herbs is something that any good cook should consider. This mason jar herb garden fits into the French country look that I have going on in my kitchen as part of a renovation, too. It’s the perfect DIY project for my vegetable gardening summer!

I love cottage chic decor projects. They have a rustic appeal and are “forgiving” as in, if I make a mistake it does not matter so much. This is the perfect sort of project for my tired old eyes. With Earth Day coming up soon, I wanted to do something that would be earth friendly and would also recycle. It’s also a perfect DIY project for my vegetable gardening summer since many people who grow veggies also grow fresh herbs.

Making the DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden.

When cleaning out my cupboards recently I came across a bunch of old Mason jars that I once use for making strawberry jam. They were just collecting dust, so I decided to turn them into planters for herbs.

I found the neatest Farmer’s Market Bin on sale at Michael’s craft store that was the perfect size. I love the chalkboard front. It was just crying out for some decoration.

The dollar store provided some colorful rocks for drainage and I used some old stencils, and fresh paint for decorating.

To make the project you will need the following supplies: (some links are Amazon affiliate links.)

  • a 3 compartment Farmer’s market style bin (you can buy it or easily make one from some left over pieces of wood.
  • Flower stencils – here are some cute ones from Amazon
  • Stencil brush – If you stencil a lot, this kit from Amazon will come in handy
  • Craft Paint – Martha Stewart has a great kit of them if you use them a lot
  • Chalk
  • 3 clean used Mason jars
  • Colorful rocks for drainage (I got blue ones to match my color scheme at the Dollar Store.)
  • Potting soil
  • 3 of your favorite herbs. I used Tarragon, Thyme and Parsley since those are fairly small herbs and I use them all the time.
  • Foam brush (7c at Lowe’s)
  • Labels (see template below)
  • Glue Stick

Directions for the mason jar herb garden:

The front of my container has a neat little chalkboard on it. Just perfect for adding some wording and floral touches.

Apply the stencils to the front and paint with a stencil brush. Remove the stencil while the paint is still dry. I am not good at stencils, so I had to touch up the paint. You can also just paint the simple flower pattern on by hand. It does not have to be perfect by any means. This is a cottage chic project, after all.

Use Chalk to print on the words Herb Garden on the front.

Place a few of the decorative rocks in the bottom of the Mason jars for drainage. I chose blue because those are the colors in my kitchen. The jars do not have a hole in the bottom, so the rocks are necessary or the plants will rot. Fill with potting soil and plant your herbs. It is too early for me to get all the herbs I wanted at the garden center, but I bought parsley and then planted seeds for the tarragon and thyme. The next step in making my mason jar herb garden is to add the labels. Here is my design for the labels. I made them in pic monkey and it only took about 15 minutes. Feel free to use these in your project but I ask that you link back to my project if you do.

Click the image for a full size print out.) I included some different plants in case you want to use other herbs than I did.

I used glossy photo paper to print mine, and then stuck them on with a glue stick, but you can also use special labels that have adhesive. The Mason jars have an oval raised front area and the label fit perfectly just under the top of the oval.

Place the Mason jars into the three openings and display. I have a shelf above my sink which gets good sunshine so I chose this spot for the planter. Water when the soil is dry about an inch down. The herbs will keep growing as you cut them. (this actually makes the plants bushier!) I also added a few silk flowers to the edges of my planter until the seeds start growing.

For another fun Mason Jar project, see these Easter Bunny Mason Jar Treats.

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