Hi there, friends! Today I am sharing how to make your own herb garden in a mason jar, recycled jar, or a cute little garden pot. I found the cutest little owl planters at Walmart today. They were in the outdoor garden section along with other ceramic pots. So let’s get started making our indoor herb garden!

We Don’t Have to Be Master Chefs to Use Fresh Herbs.

We all know or have been told that fresh is always best. Most of us don’t always have fresh on hand. This is the time of year however, for me I love to have a little fresh herb garden. There’s just something about that pinch of a sprig, and that little sprig of a snip. I have emphasized many times that when cooking in our Instant Pots, or any pressure cooker, that you need to add a little more seasonings than normal.

Cutting sprigs moments before use ensures maximum flavor and nutrition, and you waste less since you’re only cutting what you need. What you need is really up to you. For example, if I am making a pasta dish in the pot and making it with a quick jar sauce, using a little fresh Basil and oregano can really kick it up a notch and taste a little more homemade. Don’t forget that splash of red wine, please. Robust herbs like rosemary and thyme are savory flavors and can be used in longer simmering dishes.  Pot roast, pork tenderloins, just to name a few savory types of meat to simmer in our pots.

Drink More Water

Aside from cooking with fresh herbs a combination of fruits, herbs and filtered water is probably the most refreshing and healthy drink our bodies can benefit from.

My Mom has been growing her own fresh herbs for years. In season, her kitchen table is always adorned with a beautiful little vase full of lavender, mint, basil, and thyme.

More Flavor

Add a fresh organic cucumber and you will be sure to stay hydrated and refreshed. I really need to cut down on drinking so much coffee. Coffee does not substitute water that our bodies so need.

Our bodies are composed of about 60% water.

The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

 Water Can Help Control Calories.

For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight-loss strategy. While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher-calorie beverages can certainly help. Water moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing, and smooth. It helps get rid of wrinkles and it’s the best anti-aging treatment around! It helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration so I am definitely not drinking enough water.

 Now onto our DIY herb gardens.

You will need mason jars, or any recycled jars you may have (Pickle, relish, etc)

Herbs of choice

Potting soil

Gem rocks or regular rocks. You can find bagged gems at dollar tree

Popsicle stick, Twine, and a Glue gun with glue stick if you want to make markers for your herbs.

I just so happen to make us some tags and a few recipe cards.

Click to download

Click to download

Add Rocks

On the bottom of your jar or planter, add a layer of rock, then on top layer your soil halfway. Remove the herbs from the original container and gently press them down into the soil in your jar or container being sure you have completely covered roots then add more soil on top and decorative gems or stones. The stones add space at the bottom of the jar which helps to prevent root rot.

Print and cut your herb tags and either hole punch and add twine to wrap around the mason jar, or use a popsicle stick and glue your herb tag on and stick in the soil of your herb jar.

Set your mini herb garden in a nicely sunlit area and enjoy cooking with and drinking infused water with your fresh herbs.

Enjoy!

 

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