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I’m not a great gardener. I want to be great. I want to be amazing. I want that beautiful garden overflowing with bloom after bloom from Spring all the way until the golden Fall. So every year I buy tons of flowers from the local nursery. I plant them, I fertilize them, I water them and I love them. And they don’t give me any love back. I blame it on the scorching hot North Carolina summers. It’s Mother Nature’s fault that I don’t have a green thumb. Yep, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. My flowers may not thrive all that much but one thing I CAN grow are herbs. I love having fresh herbs all summer and I love that I can walk right out my back door and pick them. I like to plant my herbs (and my flowers) in containers so if they aren’t doing well, I can move them around to different areas of the yard where the sun/shade ratio during the day is different. That’s why I LOVE this mason jar herb garden. Not only is it easy to put together, but it’s portable AND it is perfect for renters who may only have a balcony as outdoor space.
Herbs add so much flavor to a dish. I try to use fresh herbs instead of dried whenever I can. I make this amazing lemon dill chicken recipe and it is even MORE amazing when I use fresh dill instead of dried.
MASON JAR HERB GARDEN
1.Wide Mouth Mason jars (I used the mason jars that I had on hand and they were NOT wide mouthed. However, you will have an easier time with this project if you use wide mouth jars)
2.Rocks, shells, or anything that can be used to avoid the roots getting waterlogged
3. Herb plants
4. Potting soil
First, place some rocks in the bottom of your Mason jars. Since the jars do not have holes for drainage, the rocks will help keep the roots from getting waterlogged. I used shells and glass stones instead of rocks because that is what I had on hand.
Next, place some potting soil into the mason jars. Fill the jars up to the bottom of the rim with soil.
When choosing plants, purchase the plants that come in a 4 pack. The root balls of these plants are the perfect size for your Mason jar garden. Here are the plants that I purchased. My all time favorite herb is basil. We go through a TON of basil each summer when we make caprese salad and margherita pizza. We also use a lot of cilantro and dill.
Place your plant in the middle of the mason jar and fill in around the plant with soil.
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One suggestion I have is to NOT place your jars on a ledge outdoors. If it is a really windy day, they can blow over and break. Ask me how I know. I place mine on our back porch or on the bottom step leading down from our porch to the yard. You can also place them in a sunny window inside. Be sure to water and fertilize your herbs according to the directions that came with your plants.
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