When we were vacationing in Costa Rica last year, we ate at some amazing local restaurants. I still dream of the food, it was amazing. One of their main meals was called Casados, it was all about having a healthy balance of fresh foods. So you would get a green salad, rice, beans, and meat. One of the things we really noticed was that they used fresh herbs. Have you ever tasted the difference between fresh herbs and dried?
Well I was convinced to make the switch (I will still have dried just in case). As soon as we got back from our trip, I was researching how to plant an indoor herb garden. And finally 6 months later we have our own indoor garden, YAY!!! And it did not take that long to grow the herbs, it’s just one of those projects that took me 6 months to start… Do you have those projects??
Back to making an indoor herb planter garden.
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- Quart mason jar
- planter soil
- small rocks
- wire (18 gauge)
- herbs (seeds or plant)
- painter’s tape
- spray paint chalkboard paint
First we needed to label the jar that way we would know what herb is in the jar. To do this, I took painters tape and created a rectangle with the tape.
Then I wrapped the jar in a plastic bag, leaving only the rectangle showing.
TIP: I tried painting the glass with a paintbrush by spraying some paint into a plastic cup. After about 15 minutes the paint ate through the plastic cup and there was paint everywhere. So please learn from me and just cover the glass in plastic and spray the jar.
After spray painting the mason jars a couple of times and letting them dry, I removed the tape and plastic. Next I added some small rocks (found around my house) on the bottom of the jar about 1/2″-3/4″.
Then I added some soil to the jar. But because I want to be able to hang the jar from my cabinets, I need to create a hook. To do this, I took one 18 gauge wire and wrapped the wire around the rim of the jar making sure it was centered. Then I twisted a wire a couple of times, like the picture below.
Next I formed a loop with the wire and intertwined the wire, see example below.
After I planted my seeds into the soil and finished filling, plus I labeled each jar with caulk. After a month my plants look like this…
Once I finally paint the kitchen cabinets, I will be hanging the jars on the cabinet sides by the sink.
Anyone else enjoy fresh herbs??