This post comes from our blog intern, Aubrie!
Every time I open my refrigerator to survey its contents, I witness a small pile of plastic bags containing browned and dried-out herbs that I seemed to have abandoned tumbling towards me. When I reach in to open the bag, I notice their savory aromas have disappeared in effect of my neglect. The scene may seem ordinary and inevitable, yet I can’t help but feel disheartened when I realize what I’ve wasted.
I love everything about fresh herbs. I love going to the local market and picking up a bunch of basil to smell its sweet scent and imagine the fresh tomato and corn I will toss together into a tasty medley. With warmer weather comes an abundance of fresh herbs in my diet; fresh mint is the perfect addition to a new cocktail recipe, while dill adds a mild flair when mixed into homemade sauces. There are so many uses for fresh herbs that go beyond what’s served on the picnic table. Did you know that sage can be a natural remedy for jellyfish stings and spider bites? Or that parsley aids digestion and prevents bloating?
It’s amazing how a few leaves that go unnoticed at the bottom of our refrigerators are actually quite important. In honor of #FPEarthMonth, instead of buying herbs and letting them go bad, I decided to plant a cute little garden right in my kitchen! Mason jars are so easy to find and I love their clean and classic look, which fits with my decor perfectly. You too can nurture these lovely plants right in your own kitchen with water, some sunlight, and a little love!
What you need:
Glass Mason jars
Seed packets for various herbs, or pre-grown seedlings
Plenty of sunlight (be sure to read the recommendations on the seed packets)
Start off by choosing which herbs you’d like to grow. Think about your cuisine choices, and which herbs you tend to use more often than others. I chose sage, mint, basil, parsley, and dill because I already have plenty of recipes planned for the warmer months ahead and these herbs will compliment them perfectly.
Make sure to label the jars as you place the seeds in their corresponding pot. Then fill each mason jar almost all the way to the top with organic potting soil. Sprinkle in a few seeds of your chosen herb to the jar and cover with a little additional soil. Follow by pouring enough water to only dampen the soil.
The next part is just all about being patient and waiting for your plants to grow. Make sure they have plenty of sunlight and water each day!
Your varying herbs will probably take different amounts of time to germinate and start sprouting. Allow approximately one month before you can most likely start using your herbs for all of their satisfying benefits.
More DIY ideas from the BLDG 25 Blog.