Here’s a fun little project you can do so you can have fresh herbs at the ready when cooking. A big bonus is that these frosted blue mason jars look super cute on your kitchen counter. And once the herbs start growing, they add a splash of vibrant green that brightens your space and brings the outdoors in.
While I’ve seen these at Uncommon Goods (a fun place to find unique home goods and kits), I found mine on the clearance racks at T.J.Maxx.
If you can’t find this adorable and useful kit, you can make your own! You can make your own herb garden in a mason jar. I would suggest frosting from the outside of the jar so avoid any paint or chemical residue lingering around where your plants are growing. I would also offer this alternative to using the metal basket that comes with the kit: try using a sewn cotton bag with two strings hanging down that you can fold over the side of the mason jar. Then screw the lid on. Fill the mason jar with water before putting the bag in place. Fill with soil and seeds and watch your herbs grow!
One nice thing about having the blue frosted glass is that you don’t see the roots or water. It’s not as nice you think, plus the roots need a dark place to thrive.
Our best countertop herbs are basil. It grows easily and abundantly every time. Next is cilantro followed by parsley. I haven’t much luck with other herbs like thyme or chives.
The seeds that came in the kit all did well. The cress and arugula grew well.
Do water by filling the mason jar rather than by watering the soil. If you water the soil, soil particles get in the water and cloud it and may cause algae growth or mold. Do trim the flower buds to keep producing herbs. If you put them outside, they will likely need to be watered more often. Algae may grown in the jar and around the basket. If this happens, empty the water and clean it with a sponge. Clean the jar, basket and cording.
Add fertilizer when you replace or refill the water. Some comes in the kit. Once it ran out, I didn’t get more. But that’s something to consider. We eventually used composted soil to fill our metal baskets as we did this project again.
We’ve had this for a year now and have grown many plants, but one thing that happens pretty quickly is the metal ring rusts. The basket doesn’t, just the metal mason jar lid has rusted. Any suggestions on how to keep that from happening or how to clean the rust off now will be appreciated.
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