A large garden or access to an allotment plot aren’t necessarily prerequisites for edible gardening. Even if you live in a small apartment, there’s an astonishing variety of edible plants you can grow, with the help of a little imagination and DIY competence.
A jam jar herb garden is quick and easy to achieve:
How to make a herb garden: equipment
- Screw driver
- Spirit level
- Wooden backing board
- ‘No More Nails’ or similar adhesive
- Rawl plugs and screws
- Hose clips large enough to circle Mason jars
- Mason jars
- Potting compost
- Herb plants
How to make a herb garden: fitting and fixing
Choose where to place your jam jar herb garden – near a window is best if possible, to act as a source of light.
Lay out your hose clips and Mason jars along the board and mark where you want to fit them.
Drill screw holes at appropriate fixing points on the board, then hold the board against the wall and mark through the holes as a template for where to insert your rawl plugs – use a spirit level to make sure the board is straight! Drill and fix your rawl plugs in place.
Once you are sure of your positioning, use your wall adhesive to mount the board in place, making sure your screw holes sit exactly over the rawl plugs, then screw securely into the wall.
Use some staples or wood screws to fit your hose clips to the board.
How to make a herb garden: planting
As you will be planting into Mason jars, arrange a bottom layer of stones about an inch thick to provide some drainage. Top the stones with about a half inch of charcoal to assist the drainage process and prevent bacterial growth in the soil.
Fill the jars with the compost and plant your herbs – go for an easy care selection you’ll use regularly such as basil, rosemary, thyme, mint, parsley and sage, for example. Growing plants in clear glass jars is not only entertaining as you can see the root growth but also practical, as you will see clearly when the soil is dry and the plants need water.
Secure the planted jars into the hose clips. The clips will need to be pretty tight so that the jars don’t slip.
Now you know just how to make a herb garden you can watch your herbs grow!