Love cooking with fresh herbs? Tired of always having to spend money on them only to have half of them go bad before you can use them all? Want to keep a little bit of "green" in your life with the cold weather coming? The answer to all of the questions (even if you have never asked them) is YES!
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
- Potting soil
- mixture of small rocks
- fresh herbs you want to pot
- 12 oz. Mason jars - one for each type of herb you are planting.
- 12 oz. Mason jars (lids optional)
- Tags for jars (optional)
- Twine for labels (optional)
Small Rocks - I used a simple mix of decorative rocks that I purchased at the store. I wanted to add just a little bit of extra charm because I plan on looking at my herbs everyday at my kitchen window. You could also use small marbles, pieces of shells, or even shredded charcoal. The trick is to fill the bottom with a barrier that will help prevent your herbs from sitting in water logged soil.
Fresh Herbs - There's really not a fresh herb I don't like, or one that I won't use. Typically most fresh herbs do just fine potted indoors. My suggestions are herbs like Rosemary, Basil, Mint, and Dill, among others. I planted parsley and cilantro because I had some on hand that I was growing outside and needed to bring in before the frost hit. Herbs like Parsley and Cilantro you typically have to use a lot of in recipes (and they are also on the cheaper end of herbs you buy at the grocery story). You can certainly plant these, but I recommend herbs like rosemary because recipes do not require you to harvest as much, which allows you time to grow more verses having to re-pot a whole new plant.
Mason Jars - I love mason jars! I use them for so many things in my home. One is to pot plants in. You can certainly use any type of water proof pot. I love not only the look of the mason jars - but also the durability, which is why I chose to use them.
Optional Items - You can choose to make name tag labels for your herbs - or simply go without. I can tell my herbs by looking at them - but the tags make them look a little cuter. My kids are getting to the age where they are desperately wanting to learn to cook like Mom so the labels help my kids learn which herb is which. I simply attached them to each jar with some twine and twisted down the ring of the lid to hold them in place.
Step 2: Add Rocks To The Mason JarTo create a nice barrier, I measured out 1/2 cups of decorative rocks in a mixture of colors. The kids all had fun adding their rocks to their jars - I think it had a lot to do with the fun noise they make when the kids drop them in.
Step 3: Add A Small Layer Of Soil
Almost time for planting! Add a small layer of soil over your rocks. Table spoons make great little shovels for the kids and fit perfectly inside the mason jars.
Step 4: Cut/Label/Tie your Herb Tags (Optional)
You can use any size or color card stock for the labels on your herb garden. I had a manila folder on hand and that worked perfectly! Want to make the perfect circle? Use the lid on a gallon of milk and trace around it. Then simply cut out the circles, add a whole with a hole punch, and write the name of the herb you are using on the label. Loop a piece of twine through the whole and secure it by screwing the metal ring from the lid of the mason jar over the twine.