16 Feb 2012, 12:21pm
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  • MIY: A Kitchen Herb Garden

    Guest post by my wonderful friend, Kari!  She blogs over HERE.
    She’s done some fabulous MIY (make it yourself) projects already, if you haven’t seen THIS it’s so cute!  And her thrifty decor IDEA hit Pinterest like a little wild fire.
    Who doesn’t love fresh herbs for their cooking pleasure? I know I do and as I also love gardening and the such, it isn’t always easy for me to maintain a year round garden complete with my favorite herbs. I also have a thing for mason jars and re-purposing things as often as possible.
    So here is a quick and easy project to encourage your springy gardeny thoughts as well as being a cute addition to your kitchen sink area.
    Supplies Needed:
    1. Jars of course. I personally like a variety of shapes and sizes. You know my thing for odd numbers too so for this project I stuck with 3. One large mason, one fat squatty pickle jar, and one smaller jelly jar mason.
    2. Seeds of choice-I chose cilantro, basil, and parsley as these are my all time favorites for cooking.
    3. Small pebbles or rocks for drainage
    4. Soil
    5. Tags for identification and fine sharpie pen
    6. Knife or ice pick
    Okay that’s about it!
    First off I washed the jars out thoroughly as I’d had epsom salts in one for Christmas, and…pickles in another and I didn’t want any residue or harm to come to my future herb garden.
    Place enough rocks or pebbles in each jar to fill it about 2-3 inches deep.
    Scoop dirt into jars on top of the rocks about 4 inches deep.
    Moisten soil
    Poke holes in 2-3 places in soil and add seeds-cover with a sprinkling of more soil.
    Moisten again very lightly with either your kitchen faucet (as I did) or spritz with spray bottle.
    Use knife or ice pick to poke holes in the lids for ventilation. I poked about 6-8 in each.
    Use a black fine sharpie to write the names of the herbs on your little tags and either wind them around the mouth of the jars or lay the string over the rim before screwing the lid on. Whichever works!
    Now place them in a well lit area in your kitchen and wait patiently for those cute little green sprouts to confirm your success and give you hope for tasty, fresh herbs for your omlettes, pasta, soups and more!

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