Build a DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden
With just a few supplies and a few minutes, you can plant your favorite flavors in a jar. You'll quickly grow a kitchen herb garden that's as hardworking as it is pretty.
Supplies for Your DIY Herb Garden
- Mason jars/glass jars
- Fresh herb plants or seeds
- Potting mix
- Chalkboard or other labels
- Optional: a carrying vessel such as a vintage milk crate
Line the bottom of your jars with pebbles. This will ensure proper drainage and prevent the roots from becoming waterlogged.
Add potting mix to your jars, making sure you leave room for the plants.
Tip: Use the empty container from one of your herb plants as a scoop!
Place your herbs into the jars, taking special care to ensure the herb plants aren't overcrowding the container.
Using chalk labels or another identifier (we love these easy chalkboard plant markers), write down the name of each plant and affix. While this step isn't essential, it may save you from grabbing cilantro instead of parsley—and will also help others who are working in the kitchen with you!
Caring for Your Mason Jar Herb Garden
With a few simple tips, your DIY indoor herb garden will help you add flavor and interest to your recipes for seasons to come:
- Don't overwater. If the leaves begin to yellow, scale back. Frequent small waterings will help keep your herbs happy.
- Prune regularly. Cutting leaves from the top of your herb plants on a regular basis will help promote a fuller, healthier plant, and keep limbs from becoming too leggy.
- ...but don't cut too much at once. Aim to never remove more than a third of the plant at any given time, or it may struggle to rebound.
- Cut correctly. When harvesting your herbs, be careful not to tear the stems. Use your fingers or a kitchen scissors to make a clean break.
- Provide ample light. Most herbs love sun.
- Keep it hot. If you live in a colder climate, don't let your herbs touch a frozen window, and watch for signs of distress if they're placed in a windowsill during the winter months.
- Repot any bigger plants. If you're doing it right, your herb plants will eventually outgrow their mason jar homes. When the roots reach the bottom and begin to become impacted, move the plant to a larger container on your porch or patio and replace.
Not sure what to grow? Check out these easy herbs.