I've always longed to be the type of woman who spends her mornings out back in her garden, dirt plastered under her fingernails. The type of woman who makes soups and stews from all her own vegetables. But, in reality, I'm not. Because for one, that sounds hard, and two, I hate the Texas summers. No way in hades am I gardening in 100 degree weather. Sorry, not sorry. But, I still had that urge to grow something of my own. So came about the idea of an indoor herb garden!
I started this adventure in the winter (first week of January, I believe), which was perfect, because I showed myself it could be done. When it gets warmer out, I can take my herbs outside if I want and transplant them into a larger garden. I'm not sure if I will, but the opportunities are endless! Since I was so ecstatic that this little experiment of mine actually worked, I thought I'd share the wealth and let you know how its done.
Check it out!
Supplies (you only need 5 items in order to get started!)
-Rocks or pebbles
-Seeds (I chose 6 herbs I use often when cooking)
-Tags or labels for your jars
1.) Set out the same number of mason jars as you have seeds.
2.) Fill the mason jars with about 1-2 inches of rocks. Since the jars do not have holes in the bottom for drainage, the rocks help protect the roots from getting damaged by excess water.
3.) Fill the jars with potting mix to 1-2 inches below the rim of the jar. Potting mix is not to be confused with potting soil. Potting mix contains lighter organic material and is much better for moisture retention in container planting.
4.) Before planting the seeds, label each jar! This helps prevent the scenario of "hmm, which seed did I just put in there?"
5.) Plant the seeds in each mason jar according to the instructions on the package. If there aren't any instructions, or they are vague, simply sow seeds on top of the potting mix and cover with another inch or two of additional potting mix and lightly water.
6.) Take care of your baby plants! The great thing about a mason jar garden is how portable it is! Place your jars in an area of your house that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight daily (like a windowsill or countertop). Keep herbs watered, but be careful not to overwater them. I water mine about every other day.
Ouila! They actually grew!
I know, I know. I shouldn't be so excited, but as soon as I saw the first little green sprig poking its tiny head out of the soil, I think I squealed and jumped up and down.
So there ya have it! I'm still waiting for them to grow up some more before I start using them, although the basil and dill are nearly ready. Obviously the mint is being a tad stubborn, but I've got faith.
Any one else out there have a green thumb? Show/tell me what you've done in the past! Or if anyone has any tips for me, my ears are open!
Until next time,
P.S. I had some help getting this done... HGTV, you da bomb!