This simple and sweet DIY herb garden will fill your kitchen with the feeling of spring. With just a few materials and six easy steps, you’ll have all your favourite fresh herbs within reach while cooking or stirring up a fancy drink!
- Mason jars
- Decorative stones or rocks
- Activated charcoal
- Potting soil
- Seeds or seedlings
- Chalkboard labels and marker
- Twine or ribbon
Step One: Place Stones in Bottom of Jar
Cover the bottom of a 32-ounce mason jar with a layer of decorative stones or rocks from your backyard. This will help your herbs with water drainage. Use colourful stones for an eclectic look or garden rocks for a natural vibe.
Step Two: Sprinkle Activated Charcoal Over Stones
Sprinkle a generous layer of activated charcoal over your stones to help keep your herbs healthy and your soil clear of unwanted impurities, mold, and odours.
Step Three: Add Potting Soil
Fill the jar halfway with some regular potting soil. Be sure to leave enough room to plant your herbs. If you’re using seeds instead of a seedling, fill the jar almost completely leaving about an inch to the top.
Step Four: Plant the Herb
Place your herb in the soil and push down slightly. Fill the space around your seedling with more potting soil and gently pat down around the herb. If you’re using seeds, sprinkle several in the center of the soil and add some more soil over top. Water generously.
Step Five: Decorate the Jars
Once your herbs have been planted in the jars, you can create fun labels or decorative tags-think large white gift tags, rustic wooden tags, or chalkboard sticky labels. Kids can also help decorate the jars with colourful stickers. Finish by tying a ribbon or kitchen twin at the mouth of the jar.
Step Six: Find a Sunny Spot
Arrange your herb garden on a windowsill or sunny kitchen island or countertop. You can also place the jars in a wooden crate or wire basket by the fridge or stove for a tidy little garden that will bring a lot of life to your space.
Images courtesy of Denise Dias