I have never really had an green thumb. I had a cactus once. It eventually died, along with my especially perseverant goldfish Bindent.
Having a garden was always a dream of mine. I wanted to be one of those people who was able to just touch a crop and bring in a blue-ribbon sized tomato.. or carrot or pumpkin, whatever. I always admired those who had lush green plants surrounding their houses or in their living rooms. God’s creation is just so beautiful to me.
Nothing’s changed. I still admire people like that, and I still yearn to have beautiful greenery surrounding me and my house. I thought I would finally get started, but didn’t truly know where to start. For one thing, a true garden proves to require a lot of work. Time and energy are necessary to sustain a viable and productive garden. Though I may have the time, I am not (AT ALL) for being in the hot sun for hours, weeding, planting, or plowing. I decided I needed something simple, something I could keep an eye on easily, and something I could use to stay motivated.
I needed BASIC.
A kitchen herb garden was the right move for me. Maybe it is for you too, if you can sympathize with my statements. It’s simple. It’s easy to remember in regards to watering, since you see the plants every time you go into the kitchen. No plowing necessary, no hot sun to deal with. You can use your herbs in the kitchen and feel proud of your accomplishments.
I won’t tell you how I chose my babies specifically or how to keep them happy, since I am still learning, but I will share with you how I got started and how I made my “pots”.
Kitchen Herb Garden Basics
- Choose herbs that you know you will use in the kitchen. Don’t just buy a random herb! What are you going to do with all that cilantro if you hate Mexican food or if your husband is allergic (like mine is)? And if you hate onions, how are you going to get rid of all of those chives? Think it through.
- Find a place in your kitchen (if that’s where you want them) that is near a window, and will allow the herbs to get sunlight for at least a few hours a day.
- Don’t overwater your herbs. There is no reason, I repeat, NO REASON to water your herbs every day, or even every other day. They are resilient little plants, and can actually be negatively affected by overwatering. Yes, you can kill your plant by overwatering it. Watering it every few days or even once every week is probably best.
How to make a Mason Jar Pot for your herbs:
It’s super simple!
Here’s what you need:
- desired herb plants
- desired number of mason jars
- potting soil
- small rocks or shells
- string, corks, whatever you need to decorate
How to do it:
- Take the lids off the mason jars. if you want to be extra fancy you can leave the screw lid on it, but I just found it getting in the way. Just know that if you decide to leave the screw lid off, you may not be able to put it on later.
- Pour a handful or so of rocks into the bottom of the jar. You want to make sure to have a good layer or two on the bottom. These rocks will serve as a drainage system for when you water the herb. This will help to maintain vitality and avoid the roots rotting.
- Determine how much root space your herb will need. I found it helpful to take the herb out of it’s original recyclable container and to shake off the dirt. I dusted off the excess until I could see how much room I truly needed to fit it in the mason jar,
- Fill the mason jar with soil to desired level so the herb can be transplanted. Such a funny term, but it fits so well!
- Transplant herb to mason jar. The herb is fragile, so be sure that when you put it in the mason jar, you are careful not to cram it in or get impatient.
- If necessary, pour potting soil on plant sides to cover roots.
- Make it pretty! Tie a bow, attach a sign, paint a masterpiece, do YOU!
I wish you well in your future garden endeavors. Even if it’s just a kitchen herb garden like mine!