Growing Herbs in Mason JarsColin Campbell-Preston
Mason jars are hugely versatile and useful additions to the home and garden. This Country Living article alone offers 50 different uses for mason jars, helping to simplify everyday tasks around the home, whilst adding a little rustic charm.
But out of all the uses for mason jars, our undoubted favourite is using them as stylish pots in which to grow herbs. Herb-filled mason jars can add a decorative splash to your kitchen whilst sprouting all those herbs needed to bring your favourite recipes to life. Here we offer a guide and a few tips to help you get a mason jar herb garden blooming in next to no time.
Finding Mason Jars
If you don’t currently own enough mason jars, fear not, they have come swinging back into fashion in recent years. Easily available from the internet or home and kitchen stores, good quality mason jars are still affordable – great if you plan to grow quite a few different herbs.
Alternatively, used and washed out pasta sauce or pickle jars could be used – completely cutting the costs.
It is absolutely essential that the mason jars benefit from sufficient drainage, so these must be added before the jars are filled with any soil and seeds. Pop on safety gloves and glasses before taking on this job, as it can be a little dangerous – then drill several ¼ inch holes in the bottom of each mason jar using a diamond cutting drill bit. It is vital to use even pressure, drilling slowly, to prevent the glass from breaking.
When the holes are drilled into the jars, fill the bottom with broken pottery shards or coloured stones to further improve the drainage.
Planting the Herbs
It is far easier to get a good grow if you first plant the herbs in the earth, before transplanting them into the mason jars. When they start to sprout, it’s time to transplant them into the mason jars, leaving plenty of room for the roots to spread out (herb roots tend to be a touch longer than their above-soil brethren). When transplanting the herbs, you can use the garden soil rather than buying additional soil for the job.
If you require the seeds, Capital Gardens stock a huge range – from chives and dill to rosemary and thyme.
Find the Perfect Space
The herbs will undoubtedly need a lot of light, so if you are placing them indoors it is a good idea to position them on a windowsill which receives plenty of light. If your kitchen’s windowsill receives plenty of light – this is the best place to position the herbs due to the proximity when cooking, and the country kitchen aesthetic the mason jars add to the décor.
Label the Jars
If you’re growing a number of different herbs, it’s always a good idea to label the different jars – unless you can immediately identify each herb by sight or smell. This can help remove the risk of making pesto out of coriander or adding basil to salmon teriyaki.
A stylish way to label each of the herbs is to place the jars atop a slate board with each of the herbs’ names written in chalk at the foot of the corresponding jars.
So if you’re looking to grow your own mason jar herbs, the Capital Gardens team can help with every step of the process. For more information, visit our homepage or call our dedicated team on 0208 444 255.