Yesterday I went to the farmers market to pick up some fresh, local vegetables and came across some beautiful potted basil. I just moved houses and have been wanting to get an herb garden in the works, so this was a great opportunity. I didn’t want to start from seeded herbs, so this already started basil was perfect. Last week at a thrift store I also picked up 4 or 5 mason jars, figuring they would come in handy at some point. Mason jar planting is super easy and they just look so cute! It’s especially fun for kids because you can see the roots through the jar as it grows.
Most plants do best in well drained soil, and you can create this environment in a mason jar by placing a layer of medium rocks at the bottom. The extra water flows through the rocks and drains the soil. I just roamed around my backyard and found some, but you can buy them at craft and home improvement stores.
Next start filling in the soil. I removed the basil (very carefully) from the plastic container it came in and gently pulled at the edges to loosen the soil. I put the half the extra soil in the jar and then after placing the actual basil plant inside, I filled it in with the rest of the soil.
The plant may look a little crowded, so if you have more than one jar, spilt the plant in half and plant two. Basil does best in direct sunlight and moist soil, perfect to leave outside on a deck, or in a windowsill that gets plenty of sunlight during the day.
Cooking your first meal with something you’ve cultivated and grown in your own backyard is an incredible feeling and I can’t wait to try the strawberry basil pasta salad from Kath Eats!
I’ll definitely be buying some summer parsley, dill, and rosemary to plant as well!