Picking up fresh herbs at a local farmers market is definitely a foodie luxury, but it doesn't hold a candle to harvesting fragrant, just-plucked seasonings right from your own kitchen. If you've always wanted to create an indoor herb garden but weren't sure how, our favorite eco-model Summer Rayne Oakes has got a wonderfully useful DIY project for you. Summer and her handy dad recently created a beautiful herb garden right on her kitchen wall using just a few mason jars, recycled wood pieces and other inexpensive materials, and we're really impressed by the result. Click through our gallery for a step-by-step tutorial showing you how to make a similar garden in your home, or read on for Summer's fun video documenting the process.
– mason jars
– hose clamps
– recycled wood board (or boards depending on how many rows of herbs you want)
– glue to adhere the board to your wall before you secure with screws
– stones for drainage
– and herbs of course! (basil, sage, rosemary, thyme, lavender are some delightful options)
– a drill
– a pencil
You can make your mason jar herb garden look just like Summer’s with 2 rows, or customize it to be as large or small as you like.
Eyeball where you want the jars and the hose clamps to go on the wood. Mark off the positions with a pencil.
Place your wood strip on the wall and mark where you’d like it to go (try to choose a spot that gets a good amount of sunlight). Make sure that the board is straight.
Use wood adhesive/glue to secure your board to the wall.
Once you have your board in the position you want, use screws and a drill to secure it onto the wall. NOTE: All walls are different, so depending on what kind of wall you have, you may need to use anchors or certain types of screws.
Use screws to secure your hose clamps to your wood.
Place the mason jars into the hose clamps and tighten.
Place a handful of stones into each mason jar for drainage.
Place a thin layer of the charcoal on top of the stones (to balance out the pH).
Now for the fun part – choose the plants you want to use in your herb garden!
Lastly, place the soil into the mason jars and plant your herbs.
Et voilà – your very own mason jar herb garden to grow fresh herbs for all of your recipes, even in a city apartment!