I go through herb bushels like I go through sparkling water containers and that’s a lot. When I first started digging into this glorious thing of making my own meals years back, I remember Googling ‘how to chop parsley’ and ‘best way to cut cilantro’ and I felt very accomplished even as a novice in the kitchen, clump of thyme in hand.

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I will never forget the first time I chopped up a cluster of rosemary and cooked the sprigs in a bit of olive oil.. The aroma transported me from a yellowed tiled kitchen to one with granite counter tops and I stirred and smelled vigorously and soon after I was inhaling an upgraded omelet. Herbs = everything.

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I bought a number of mason jars for a baby shower we hosted a couple weekends back with the initial need for flower vases and since them they’ve been staring at me from the garage, begging for another use. Pinterest told me I could plant herbs in them, and so I went about it this weekend and am anxiously awaiting the results. Guacamole or pesto or upgraded omelets without the need to run out for a bundle of tarragon? It’s possible. And finally, the instructions!

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Herbs in Mason Jars

you will need:

1 mason jar (I use a wide mouth, quart sized)
pebbles or rocks or smashed pieces of a terra cotta pot (I used broken glass because I had dropped a glass, a true recycled project, but beware of tiny shards)
soil
seeds

directions:

Put whatever you are using for the soil to drain at the bottom of the pot. This is a must for the roots to irrigate (alternatively you could potentially use self draining soil). Add a bit of soil, then mist the soil with a light spray from a hose, I like the thumb over nozzle method if you don’t have a fancy ‘sprayer.’ With the soil damp, add a few seeds and when you have enough pieces in there (my cilantro seeds are tiny, so disperse evenly), cover the remaining space with more soil. I’m keeping my guy in my kitchen with access to sunlight (if you live in a really hot environment, lucky you! best to keep in some shade), and watering as needed. You should see a good amount of leaves forming in 3-4 weeks, cilantro has a short life cycle so watch it closely if it gets warm because once it starts to sprout seeds, the plant will start to cycle off.

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