One of the best ways I know to make a house a home is to bring life into it. I have several problems with this. First, I have a black thumb. Second, my house is very small so I have very few places to keep green life. So I decided to make my own mason jarden.
This is what you'll need:
1. A mason jar. I used the small collection of classico tomato sauce jars I have accrued.
2. Rocks to promote drainage. I used granite and quartz. The granite was easier for me to find, but I think the quartz is much prettier.
3. Dirt. Duh.
4. Small plants. I picked up my from Home Depot- basil, stevia, lemon balm, and parsley.
I placed these suckers on my window sill, and voila! Mason jarden:
Granted, this was the night I planted them and to be honest I killed several of the plants. Here's what I've learned:
- Don't plant stevia. They all died within a few days.
- Be careful not to over water. Once I saw that there was drainage I stopped adding water.
- I had more success when I planted two or three herbs together. The singletons all died.
- Make sure to put them in a place with a good balance of sun. My lemon balm is very sensitive and the leaves start to brown around the edges if it gets too much exposure. My basil leans towards the window to get more sun. Every plant is different, so pay attention and adjust to what they need.
- Have fun! Don't let it stress you out if one (or more) of them die. This project is easy enough to repeat!