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With Mason jars trending recently, people are finding more and more uses for them. You can use them to drink water out of it, store little crafting supplies in, and you can even plant herbs in them.
When you’re outside planting a garden, you have to consider which herbs you can grow for the season. Because of this, having to move your herbs when certain seasons approach is hard to do, but now you can consider Mason jars to make your place stylish and allow your herbs to receive the conditions they need.
You can start from scratch or transplant herbs while making your Mason jar herb garden. For herb jars, the suitable plants you can use are:
For Mason jar herb gardens, adequate drainage and the length of roots are something to consider. Herbs have roots that are a little longer than their top growth. Also, drainage is essential for the herbs because if there is excess water, then the roots will damage and the herbs will die. To get you started, here are a list of materials and steps to help you set up your mason jar garden.
Quart Mason jars
Small rocks or gravel
Herb plants or seeds
Step 1: Place an inch of small rocks or gravel in jars
Because the jars don’t carry holes on the bottom for drainage, you can drill them with a diamond cutting drill after covering the jar with cutting oil. Make 3 holes that are 1/8 to ¼ inches on the bottom of the jar. If you don’t have a drill or don’t want to make holes at the bottom of the jar, simply cover an inch of the jar with small rocks or gravel.
Step 2: Fill jars with potting mix up to 1-2 inches below the jar rim
Potting mix is needed in these herb gardens because it is a planting medium that includes lighter organic material like peat, composts, and sometimes perlite. (Don’t confuse potting soil with potting mix because they are different). Potting mix provides excellent moisture retention and is a good choice for container gardening.
Step 3: Transplant herbs or plant seeds
While you plant the seeds, simply sow seeds on the top of the potting mix and then cover the seeds with potting mix that is about twice the size of the seed you are planting. Then lightly water.
If you are transplanting your herbs to Mason jars, gently open up tangled roots to encourage growth, plant herbs in the jar and pack mix firmly around the roots and base of the plant. If you have herbs with more established roots, you may have to remove a little potting mix from the jar before planting. Keep the roots exposed to the air for as little time as possible and water plants as soon as they are planted.
Step 4: Label Jars
Make sure you label the jars so that you will know what herbs you planted in each jar. You can do this with a card that is tied around the neck of the jar or by applying a sticker to the jar.
Step 5: Maintenance
Place jars in a location that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day, but you can enjoy the ease of moving them around. Keep herbs watered but do not overwater (especially if you didn’t drill holes in the bottom of the jars). Harvest your herbs when needed to spice your food.
And now you have your Mason jar garden! Take good care of your herb garden and let us know how the it’s going for you.
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