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I am starting out my social work career and my marriage. I write to relieve stress...mostly by sarcastically telling life stories.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Windowsill Herb Garden

If my husband and I won the lottery and had no financial worries I am pretty confident that we would go buy a farm with lots of acres somewhere. Live "off the grid" in a way, buy horses, and rarely leave the house. We are home bodies and we don't always like, well, people. Call it an affliction I guess.

Since we live in a townhouse a lot of what we would like to with land, like plant a garden, just can't happen. My husband is much more outdoorsy than me and he has talked about having a vegetable garden for years.

Well, we improvised and just made a little windowsill herb garden in our kitchen instead.

We bought mason jars, some miracle grow potting mix, and our seeds all at Wal-Mart. I made the tags by painting chalk board paint on the lids of the mason jars. You know- the part of the mason jar that pops to let you know it is sealed. Use a screwdriver and hammer the lid a little bit and you can easily make the hole to tie ribbon around the top.

It was an easy process and even though they have only been planted last weekend they all of little green sprouts coming up. It is oddly exciting.

* Side-note: I will note that I didn't look up how to make mason jar planters until after we were done with ours. Many other blogs suggest you place something in the bottom of your mason jar, like broken pieces of terra cotta, to help absorb some of the moisture.

I didn't do that but I am careful to not over water the plants. If you are forgetful like me, I would suggest watering every other day. You can see inside the jar and can always tell when there is still a lot of humidity and moisture inside. Just eye-ball it!

Happy Gardening!

1 comment:

  1. Great idea! I just did this with some empty Nutella jars I had saved (tiny addiction). I read on a different blog about the broken terracotta pieces to put at the bottom. I happened to have some terracotta clay from a craft I did with the kids; I flattened it, then cut into squares and dried outside: terracotta chips! I planted basil and chives to start, now I gotta eat some more Nutella so I can plant sage :)