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Mason Jar Herb Garden

Doing fun projects like this Mason Jar Herb Garden is what keeps me going during our long winter months. Besides being a cute little décor vignette, it’s so nice to have fresh herbs ready for snipping to add to those yummy, comfort foods. However, my favorite reason for growing herbs indoors is the sensory experience. I love the smell of fresh rosemary, lavender, basil, thyme, etc., etc.

Indoor gardens including live growing walls and lots of other indoor gardening ideas you see around the web, while beautiful, are so impractical. This Mason Jar Herb Garden is not only super easy to do, it’s practical. I love decorating my home, but my home is small, so I need decor pieces like this Mason Jar Herb Garden that are both practical and add a touch of farmhouse decor.

Really, you don’t even need to be a gardener to create your own little countertop herb garden and add some farmhouse appeal to your kitchen. And, if you’re not into farmhouse, you can add your own touches to create whatever style you want.

Mason Jar Herb Garden

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Supplies for Your DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden

Steps for Creating a Mason Jar Herb Garden:

  • Put about 1 – 2 inches of gravel in the bottom of each jar (this will help with drainage since there are no holes in the jar).
  • Add an inch or so of potting mix to the jar. If you’re planting seeds, go ahead and fill the soil to about a half inch from the top of the jar, and plant the seeds according to directions on the seed packet.
  • Now add your herb plant.
  • Add potting mix to fill in around the plant and  gently press the soil down and around the plant.
  • Give your plant or seeds a good drink of water (not too much though).
  • Add a cute label to your jar, a cute tag around the neck of the jar, or a cute stick label like the ones I used. If it’s your style, you can cutesy them up even more by tying some jute or ribbon around the neck of the jar.

DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden

Tips for Maintaining Your Indoor Herb Garden

  • Keep the soil around you herbs moist, but not too wet. With most herbs, it’s okay to let the soil dry just a bit between watering. Just don’t let the soil dry out completely.
  • Pinch or clip the herbs (even if you aren’t going to cook with them). Herbs are what’s called, “cut and come again”, that means the more you snip them, the more they grow.
  • Sometimes soil gnats can be a problem and that’s why I recommend using a good organic potting mix. It’s still possible to get soil gnats even with the best potting mix. Using some of the pebbles to cover the soil on top, is also a way to prevent fungus gnats. If you do get soil gnats, these cute little butterfly things work great for eliminating them.
  • Your herbs will do best in a sunny window, but if you don’t have a sunny spot in your home, herbs will do fine with artificial light, like LED under cabinet lights or a grow light.

Other Types of Indoor Herb Gardens

If you don’t want to use mason jars, here are a few other alternatives:

 

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Winter Sowing – Yes, You Can Garden in Winter
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Thanks a bunch for stopping by today.  Give this sweet, little Mason Jar Herb Garden a try. It would also be a fun project to do with kids, or it would make a cute DIY gift. Of course, your Mason Jar Herb Garden won’t last forever, but it can be easily refreshed with new plants.

Do you know that there are so many uses for fresh herbs, beside cooking? Check out Herbs and Spices Everyone Should Have At Home for lots more ideas for using herbs.

If you have any questions about creating your own indoor herb garden, please leave a comment and I will get back to you just as soon as I can.

Happy gardening,
Joanna

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30 Comments

  1. How many jars were you able to fill with one pound bag of rock that you linked? I have a group project coming up in a few days to do this and need to know how many you were able to get out of a bag. We will use the same size jars you did. Thanks!

    1. Hi Laura – I didn’t measure exactly, but I only used about an inch in each jar. My guess would be you can probably do about 16 jars with one bag of the pebbles. Good luck with your project, it sounds like a lot of fun. Happy gardening, Joanna

  2. Hello, hope you’re well… Love this DIY and I just started my mason jar basil last week…
    Which brings me to my question.. I started from seed. Just sprinkled them on soil and things got out of hand (I ended up with 11 seedlings). How many should I keep in my jar?

    Thank you for your time and for sharing this

    1. Hello – thanks for stopping by Gingham Gardens and trying the mason jar herb garden. Just take a small pair of scissors and snip the weakest looking seedlings done to the soil line. You can keep the 3 strongest looking seedlings. If they start looking crowded, snip off the weakest one again. Good luck with your basil! Joanna

    1. Hi Dianne – only you can decide whether or not the soil is worth it, but I will tell you that I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews. FoxFarm is also an excellent organic potting mix. Thanks for stopping by! Joanna

  3. Thx. Where do I get the butterfly things you mention? I have these little dark brown flys and have tried many things to get rid of them. Someone said the y are in the soil and to bake it at 200 degrees for 1/2 an hour. Your comments please.

    1. Hi Helena – if you look back in the post. Where I mention the little butterfly things that is an Amazon affiliate link. If you click on that it will take you to Amazon and show you exactly what the product is I’m talking about. You are correct that the little buggers called soil gnats are in the soil. I have also heard to bake the soil, but I just can’t bring myself to put dirt in my oven. Good luck and happy (indoor) gardening, Joanna

  4. I love this idea! With plants outside, I end up forgetting about them, but keeping them indoors I could actually keep them alive.

  5. Very cute! I love having fresh herbs to clip in my windowsill. It’s been so unusually warm here. I actually worked in the garden for a few hours on Thursday. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jann. Here in Minnesota, we expect cold winters, but this one has been brutal. I’m so over it! Have fun in your gardens and soak up some sun for me.

  6. Joanna, I love your mason jar herb garden! How cute and helpful to chase away the winter blues! I know the smell is heavenly!

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