I know you've seen all those jar herb gardens floating around pinterest - don't pretend like you haven't. They're everywhere! And if you know me, you know I'm likely to jump on a bandwagon like a trumpet blowing, drum stomping, cymbal crashing one man band!
Here's the first one I saw and immediately wanted to copy: (but I don't know where it came from)
And here's one from Not Just A Housewife that's actually houseplants, but you could easily do herbs.
I've been wanting an herb garden like crazy. Herbs are kind of pricey at the grocery store when you're buying them ALL THE TIME. And then half of them go bad because you only use a tablespoon or two in each recipe. Arg! Anyway, I decided to do an indoor herb garden, hoping that 1) if it was inside I'd see it all the time and therefore be less likely to ignore and then ultimately kill it and also 2) space saving, you know.
I made mine a little different because I wanted to use things I had on hand.
So, here's my version!
Mason jars. I used two pint sized jars and 4 half-pint jars. It's completely up to you what size and how many. You need one jar for each herb plant.
Chain. I just bought a pack of (smallish gauge) long silver chain at the hardware store.
Screw in hooks. Self explanatory. You need one for each jar.
Pliers. Also self explanatory.
Chalkboard stickers. I used oval ones. I got them at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbook/sticker section.
Chalk Pen. Got it at Michaels when I made the huge map/cork board gallery wall.
Ruler. Average, wooden variety. But you can use any ruler. Obviously.
Spray paint. I used Valspar in turquoise and white. You can do whatever you want.
Wood board. Mine was about 27 inches by almost 12 inches. The size doesn't matter a ton, just so it's big enough to fit as many jars as you'd like.
Painter's tape is optional. You can use it to tape off your board before painting. I used the chevron frog tape which I got at Lowe's.
Also, not pictured, a drill. You know what that is, so it's ok I forgot it in the picture, right?
Start with your jars:
1. Write your labels - one per jar - with your chalk pen. I made two jars for cilantro since that's the herb we use the most.
2. Place your labels on the jars.
3. Wrap the end of the chain around the jar under the lip to measure how much you need per jar.
4. Use the pliers to lift the link after up.
5. Remove the measured out length of chain from the rest at the broken link.
6. Use this chain to measure out the rest of the chain lengths and break a link to separate them.
You need one chain per jar.
Prepare your board:
3. Plant your herbs!
4. Wrap a chain around a jar under the lip.
5. Place the ends together and slide the end links over the hook to hang.
6. Do this with each jar.
7. And never mind my wilty cilantro.
I tried it with the jars straight up and down and with them at an angle. I think I like it at an angle best.
Now. I just have to do my best not to kill them all. Which, for me, will be quite the feat.