How to Plant Herbs In Mason Jars

Mason Jars are all the rage right now and why not… they are affordable, super cute and you usually have a few hanging around! I even save pickle jars and pepper jars too to use for projects. Jars just rock! I recently planted my garden but wanted my herbs planted in pots instead of the garden area. After looking up awesome herb gardens and washing out a mason jar, I knew they would be perfect together so here is how to plant herbs in mason jars!

You will need:

Jars (mason, kerr, pickle whatever!)
Potting Soil
Soil Cover Rocks

Step One: Take your jars and fill the bottom 2-3 inches with the soil cover rocks. This is really important when planting in jars because it allows the water to seep into the rocks and prevents your plants and dirt from getting gross and moldy.

Step Two: Fill the Jar about 2/3 of the way full with potting soil. I like to use Miracle Grow Moisture Control potting soil in jars – it’s just an extra protection for your plants.

(If you are planting seeds, fill your jar up all the way, stick in your seed, water and be done!)


Step Three: Remove your herb from the container and crack the root. Sometimes the herbs can come in biodegradable containers you can plant but take them out and crack the root (loosen the dirt around the root).

Step Four: Gently shove the herb into your jar!

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Step Five: Add more potting soil to the top. Pack it in there because when you water the herb the soil will settle.

Step Six: Water!! If you look close you can see some seeping into the rocks… just like it is supposed too.

Now you are done and can enjoy fresh herbs all year long! Here I have planted Sweet Basil, Cilantro, Spearmint and Parsley.

Now I just need to find some really yummy recipes that call for herbs!


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  1. You’re so smart! Definitely trying this with my stash of mason jars. And I already have some rocks from a fairy garden project. Love it when I have all the supplies on hand for a project.
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  2. Would love for you to link this to Friday Favorites today! This has been on my to do list and I didn’t know how they could survive! The rocks!! I am a new follower on bloglovin!
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  3. Hi! These are adorable. What size mason jars did you use?
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  4. What size mason jars did you use?

  5. Can you plant herbs in mason jars and keep inside

  6. How often and how much should you water them?

  7. Awesome! I didnt realise you should put little rocks at the bottom, you just saved my herbs haha =) thank you x
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  8. Am in Texas would shells work in place of the cover rocks?

  9. Jessica Marvin says:

    Would you have to use soil cover rocks or could you use another stone? Like the decorative stones(like the ones used for weddings and such) you buy at the craft store? I have a bunch that I would love to use up.

  10. Hi do they need lots of sun? In winter rarely we have sunny days.


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