Don’t you just Love the smell of fresh Herbs? Cilantro, Basil, Parsley, Oregano, Mint (spearmint, orange mint, chocolate mint)… makes my mouth water just thinking of them. Also, makes me want to make some fresh pesto or cilantro chicken.
Well, last year I decided to make these Herb planters so I could have fresh herbs right from my porch. I’m sure glad I did. It was so fun using the fresh produce all summer long, and i loved looking at it and smelling it as I rocked in my yellow rocking chair all summer long.
I also happened to find this great drift wood board at our local beach on Whidbey Island… and right when I saw it I knew what it’s potential… and what it was to become.
How to Make Herb Planters Using Mason Jars
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- some sort of board (I used this driftwood, cut it in half, layered them side by side, and screwed it together with metal brackets and screws.
- Mason Jars
- small smooth nails
- metal hose clamps
- screw driver
- metal brackets to make a hook, so that it would hang over my porch. If you can find hooks already that would work Perfectly.
Get your mason jars. I used the large ones. Then make sure that your hose clamps fit around your jars. I would recommend getting your jars first and taking one to Home Depot and putting the clamp around the jar so that you get the right size.
Step One: Get your board, whatever size you want or cut it to the size that you want. I used this piece of drift wood that I found and Love. I just sanded some of the edges down so that they weren’t as sharp. I also sanded where I cut the board in half.
While I was connecting the boards together, I also screwed on the metal piece that I was going to use to hold my board to the fence post. It was a thin piece of metal that I found at Home Depot. After I was done putting the jars into place, I bent the metal around the porch fencing so that it fit exactly how I wanted it. But, I did this after my jars were placed so it wasn’t in the way while I was placing the jars.
Step Two: Measure out where you want your jars to be. Then place the hose clamps down where the little slits in the hose clamps are… that is where you are going to take your straight nail, place it over the hose clamp, and hammer it into the wood. I wish I had a picture of this… sorry. I’ll get one for you when I show you how to make a vase out of a McCormick salad dressing bottle 😀 It was a little tough to hammer it into the metal hose clamp, but keep hammering it or pre-drill a small hole and then nail your nail into the wood.
*** Make sure that when you place your hose clamps down, that the metal screw part is exactly where you want it. I wanted mine hidden on the side so I had to make sure that It laid how I wanted before I nailed it into place.
Step Three: Place your glass jars in the metal rings and tighten the rings with a screw driver. I did this with empty jars and got the metal as tight as I could possibly get it.
Step Four: This is where I folded the metal down around my fence to make sure it fit just right. It was a little tricky because the metal was hard to bend. It would have been better if I just had metal hooks already… but in this small town… I couldn’t find any and had to improvise!
Step Five: Plant all your favorite Herbs.
***NOTE: I did place about a cup of mini rocks at the bottom for a bit of drainage and then I put soil half way in, and then I planted my herbs and filled the empty space with dirt. Some people told me last year that this would not work because there is no spots for drainage. On the contrary, It worked great. Last year my herbs lasted all summer and fall. I just made sure that I checked the soil before I watered them, and I didn’t add a ton of water and drench them. I just watered it enough to wet the soil.
See I told you… Doesn’t looking at these fresh green herbs just make you want to eat it… or make fresh pesto, or put the mint in fresh lemonade, or make fresh grilled chicken cilantro. Fresh Fresh Fresh!!!