One of the great things about gardening is the creative options it gives gardeners to explore. While the choice of plants is probably the most prominent, your choice of container is also a great place to express yourself. There are tons of options for gardeners but today we’ll explore just one, the mason jar garden.
Mason jars are cheap and easy way to grow a garden. They also have the benefit of being small so they’ll fit in almost any home. Let’s jump in and see how to get started with a mason jar garden.
What Can I Grow In Mason Jars?
While there are a wide range of plants you can grow it’s best to start with smaller plants. Mason jars are not that large, and that means you’re plants shouldn’t be either.
Most gardeners look to grow herbs in their mason jars. Most herbs need very little space and can easily be grown in smaller containers. Many smaller flowers are also good options to grow for those wanting a bit more color.
Succulents and cacti are another great option. Many varieties of these plants can be grown in small containers, and mason jars are perfect for this.
Outside of this, mason jars also make great areas to start seedlings for almost any plant. You can start your plants in mason jars and then move them once they outgrow their container.
Starting a Mason Jar Garden
Now it’s time to start your garden. The first step is gather your materials. Luckily, all the materials are very easy to obtain, and can usually be done so very cheaply.
- Mason jars
- Potting mix
- Small sized rocks or gravel
- Plant seedlings, seeds, or cuttings
- Labels for your jars (For those growing multiple plants)
First off, you’ll want to gather your jars and fill them about 2″ with your small rocks or gravel. This will help give your jar somewhere to allow water to runoff, which will prevent your roots from getting too wet.
Alternatively, you can drill small holes in the bottom of the jar to allow for proper drainage. This is a bit more involved though, so it’s often simpler to just go with the rock method.
Next you want to add the soil. The only important thing to keep in mind is that you want to make sure you buy potting soil and not regular garden soil. This will ensure that it has proper drainage and the correct nutrients to keep your plants healthy. Leave about an inch or two of room at the top of the jar.
The last main step is to plant your seeds or plant. When starting with seeds simply sow them into the soil and lightly cover them with a bit of soil. Water them frequently, and keep the soil warm until the seeds sprout.
Transplanting an existing plant or seedling is also very easily. Simply leave a bit of space in the soil to move and gently place the plant into the soil. You can gently pull apart the roots which helps them establish themselves in the ground.
You can also start from cuttings of the other plants. This is plant specific, so you’ll want to do a bit of research on your specific plant. For example, we have an article about growing basil from cuttings.
Last up, many gardeners like to add decorations or labels to their jars. Things like popsicle sticks, paint, or index cards are common options, but don’t be afraid to get creative here!