Mason Jar Herb Garden

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How to Grow Herbs at Home, Growing Herbs, Herbs, Homesteading, Union County, North Carolina, Living in NCApril is the perfect time to start your spring garden. If you are like me, you may have a limited amount of space outside for a full garden. However, you can’t let it stop you from creating a simple garden to grow some yummy foods. Take some time out of your schedule with your young people to go outside for a little while and create a mason jar herb garden. The supplies are simple. You will need a mason jar, your choice of herb seeds, small rocks, and soil. 

Here are the steps:

  1. Find several mason jars around your house or purchase them from a craft store. 
  2. Decorate each one with paint, stickers, ribbon, paper, and other craft supplies. 
  3. Fill the bottom with small rocks (it helps with the water filtration) and top with soil.
  4. Plant herbs such as mint, thyme, and basil in the soil. Be sure to follow the seed instructions.
  5. Place the herb jars in your kitchen or outside on your porch, but make sure there is sunlight. 
  6. Watch them grow.

The fun part about the herb garden is that you can cut some of them to cook with and more will continue to grow. This activity is a part of the 4-H Healthy Living Activity Guide which can be found on the National 4-H site at 

To learn more about 4-H in Union County, contact the local office at 704.283.3735 or 704.283.3740.