DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden Instructions

I admit that I haven’t had great luck in the past with planting a garden outside.  I have much better luck with my indoor gardening projects.  I do have a lot of success with succulents and indoor herb gardens. I like a good Mason jar herb garden on my kitchen window sill because it’s convenient and easily accessible, and as an added bonus, it looks nice! So today I am sharing my DIY Mason jar herb garden instructions.

DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden Instructions

Time: 20-30 Minutes


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Decide which herbs you would like to plant. Consider where you will be placing your herb garden in your home. I have done a little research and put together this indoor herbs sun chart. Basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary, sage, and thyme need full sun while coriander, dill, tarragon, and mint need partial sun.


Fill each mason jar with ¾ potting soil.  You should also consider placing rocks at the bottom of the jar before the soil since there is no drainage in a mason jar. You can choose the size of mason jar you like.  The herbs will grow up to two or three times the size of the jar. Next, place a few seeds inside. If you want to speed growth, soak the seeds overnight in warm water. Last, top off with more potting soil.

An alternative is to buy the plant and replant them into your mason jar. When doing this, be sure to loosen up the roots. This will help encourage growth.

Make garden labels for each herb.  If you cannot find pre-made chalkboard labels like this, you can make your own. Craft stores have pre-cut unfinished wood embellishments.  Paint them with three coats of chalkboard paint (allow it to dry completely in between coats).

Keep an eye on your herb garden every day. You should water it when the top of the soil starts to feel dry.  Herb seeds can take weeks to grow.

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  1. This is simple and so much fun! My daughters wanted to plant basil, mint and parsley. What a great way to learn the herbs and the scent that each one has. We placed our mason jars on the window sill over the kitchen sink. Because it looks nice and also it was the only way to make sure that the plants will not get over-watered. Thank you for sharing!

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