Got some jars! Use them to create this smart DIY mason jar herb garden.
You can grow these mason jar gardens at any time of the year even when cold winter months are driving us indoors when the garden outdoors goes to sleep.
So why not wile away the time making this eye-catching windowsill herb garden from any mason jars you can get your hands on.
Just make sure they are 3 to 4 inches deep so the roots can have space to grow and to get a fairly good crop for the pot.
What ever was in the jars, give them a good wash so nothing can kill the herbs when they start growing.
Don't throw away the lids! They will come in handy to keep the warmth and moisture in. Ready? Let's get started!
Don't have a glue gun? Then just improvise and tie your trimmings onto the jars or leave it naked which is the latest trend.
Here are some tips on what you can use. Ribbon, cord, beads threaded on wool or string, a combination of coloured raffia, a few elastic hair ties with silk flowers, or simply cover the jars in stickers.
Glue guns are great for wrapping cord around the jar. Start by squeezing a little glue on the jar and stick the end of the cord slanting downwards a little.
Now as you wrap the cord around squeeze more glue intermittently until you have wound it 3 or 4 times. Fix the end in place by tucking it under the strand above with some glue.
Label the jar with the name of the herb. If you do not have sticky labels cut one from card, punch a hole in it and tie it around the neck of the jar.
Wash the gravel and drop in about 1 ½ inches into each jar.
Add some silicon sand. You can use coloured sand safely but if you don't fancy that then plain sand will do.
The silicon sand which is also used in aquariums is better than other sand because it has been washed and there is no salt present.
Fill the jars with compost almost to the top and gently tamper down. Choose the seeds for each jar. Sprinkle them over the surface keeping them away from the sides if possible. Now cover them with the rest of the compost.
Use a spray bottle for watering if you have one. It saves the seeds from being washed out of place. Give them a good watering until the compost is moist and screw on the lid.
After a few days check them each day. As soon as they germinate and peep through the surface, leave the lids off and set in a warm place with plenty of light.
Only 3 weeks from sowing the seeds in November the parsley, coriander and basil have all sprouted and are growing well. The chives are lagging behind with no seedlings popping through yet.
Just keep them away from the cold glass window during the night and they will do well.
Just 2 months after sowing the herbs in the mason jars are looking good. The room temperature and location give enough heat and light to stimulate growth. They will soon be ready to harvest!
Still no sign of the chives yet! Chances are they won`t show, but more can be sown in March.
Just keep pinching the tips out to stimulate bunching and growth.
After this photo was taken I pinched out the top leaves.
Don`t be afraid to do this. The plant will soon shoot out new leaves along the stem which will result in a healthy bushy plant.
Again and again I just keep pinching of the top leaves to use for recipes and my diy mason jar basil quickly grows more fresh leaves.
Bottom photo shows 4 months on and still pinching with lots for the pot.
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