31 Days To Make A House A Home:Day 17: Mason Jarden

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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.

First I put in the rocks.  I used enough to cover the bottom of the jar completely, probably about an inch to an inch and a half of rocks.  Then I added the potting soil, leaving about three inches of space at the top of the jar to account for the soil that would transfer from replanting the herbs.  I made an indentation approximately the size of the plant and transferred it.  This wasn't very difficult, save fore the parsley.  It had a much more intricate system of roots compared to the other plants, and there was definitely some breakage.  But once it was in it was good!

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!
Enjoy pretty, fresh herbs in your kitchen!  See you tomorrow :)

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  1. I did something very similar, except I attached the mason jars to an old piece of barn wood and hung it on the wall in my kitchen. On my first try, most of my plants died, but it was because I forgot the rocks for drainage! Duh! :)

    1. Oooh I like that idea! I'll have to try that sometime!

  2. So cool! I really want to try this :)

  3. "Black thumb". :)
    I love this idea!

  4. My stevia thrived--during the summer, outside. It definitely doesn't like the cold! But, it did so well that I was able to dry a bunch of the leaves and make homemade stevia syrup out of it. If you had a hydroponics garden with a sunlamp, maybe it would do better. In the mean time though, I love this! Such cute little herb garden!

    1. I think it would have done better outside. I think next time I try stevia it'll be an outdoor plant!

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