Tired of running to the grocery store in winter for fresh herbs? Save time, money, and develop a new hobby. Indoor gardening is easier to start than most people think. With a packet of seeds, some soil, and the right glassware, your garden is moments away from being ready. Mason jars and glass vases make excellent vessels for your plants. If herbs aren’t your thing, you can build terrariums or succulent gardens. Not sure where to start? We breakdown how to start indoor gardening for herb gardens and terrariums.
3-Step Indoor Herb Garden
Step One – Gather Supplies
The first step is to gather your supplies: jars, soil, pebbles, and herb seeds. Mason jars are the ideal fit for herb jars, but anything mason jar-like will work. We recommend 12 oz or 16 oz sizes. Make sure the jars are clean before using. Any type of potting soil will work. You won’t need to buy a large bag from the store as you need just enough to fill your mason jars.
While picking up your soil, you’ll want to pick up the seeds for the herbs you want. You can also plant a fresh whole herb plant. This can be a little more tricky at times, plus seeds don’t take long to sprout. The pebbles can be bought or take a trip to your local beach or park and snag a handful of pebbles or small rocks. These are key for drainage in your jar.
Step Two – Assemble
Once you have all the supplies, it’s time for assembly. Follow the below steps in order.
- Place a layer of pebbles/rocks on the bottom of your mason jar for drainage.
- Fill your jar with loosely packed soil. Leave about two inches to the top.
- Place your seeds on top and cover with a thin layer of soil.
- Water and let your seeds flourish.
Step Three – Enjoy
The final step is to maintain and enjoy your herbs. Be careful not to overwater your herbs. If you stick your finger in the soil and it is damp, you have plenty of water. Take note the mason jars will only work for herbs and not deep-rooted vegetables or fruits. In no time at all, your herbs will be ready to sprinkle all over your favorite dishes. With very little effort and time, you’ll have the freshest herbs and a cool decoration piece as well.
A Mason Jar indoor herb garden not speaking to you? With a little more energy spent you can build a decorative masterpiece. The indoor terrarium requires a few more materials, but the payoff can be great.
Building a DIY Terrarium
Crafting a terrarium is a great weekend project to really explore your creativity and add a statement piece to your home. Open-air (open top) terrariums are the way to go for beginners as it provides flexibility in your selections. Large bowls or unique glassware with wide openings make for great terrariums.
If you’re looking for a great starter bowl Jar Store offers this cool 35.75 oz Libbey Capstan Cylinder Bowl. Once you’ve selected your glassware vessel, it’s time to gather your materials.
The list includes your container, small stones/aquarium gravel, activated charcoal, terrarium plants, sterile potting mix, sheet moss, and decorative elements. Feel free to add anything additional.
Now that you’re ready for assembly, it’s important to go in order. To begin, start by placing the stones on the bottom along with the activated charcoal (used to control odors). Add moss next on top of the stones. One for visual appeal and two to prevent the soil from mixing into the stones. Next, add your soil layer and plants. Finally add the decorative elements – mini twigs, colored pebbles, endless options.
Once you are happy with how it looks, lightly water and sit back and enjoy! A couple of notes to maintain your terrarium. Don’t clean the inside with glass cleaner as it can harm the plants. Secondly don’t place in direct sunlight, as it can bake your plants inside the glass container.
Endless Mason Jar Opportunities
Building a Mason Jar row of herbs can take as little as 20 minutes to assemble and add extraordinary flavor to your next home-cooked meal. But maybe you don’t have time to cook but need to spruce up your bathroom aesthetic or home look. The indoor terrarium is a fun and easy to assemble home DIY project. The beauty is every terrarium will look different and the style can be vastly different between them.
Jar Store can supply the perfect mason jars for any project or need. Shop our Mason jars today and start growing!