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DIY Herb Care Kit: Grow basil, thyme, and rosemary in Mason Jars
May 14, 2018
Add healthy nutrients to your diet with fresh herbs! Chock full of vitamins, antioxidants, and antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits, they are easy to grow and add flavor to any dish. Grow a few different varieties in Mason jars for daily fresh herbs.
Add healthy nutrients to your diet with fresh herbs! Chock full of vitamins, antioxidants, and antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits, they are easy to grow and add flavor to any dish. Grow a few different varieties in Mason jars on your windowsill to have fresh herbs daily!
Store bought herbs can be expensive- around $2.80 for a small container. You can save money and always have a continuous supply with reCAP’s Mason Jar Herb Growing Kit. Choose organic plants or seeds and use reCAP’s all-natural system and instructions. Some easy and commonly used herbs include rosemary. Basil, and thyme. In the summer months, mint and cilantro are handy to have around.
In addition to the health benefits, herbs make a pretty decoration and some smell quite pleasant. Some herbs like rosemary have a nice cedar-like smell and are great for freshening up your kitchen.
You can pick them and use them immediately or dry and store them.
Here are some ideas:
• Add fresh basil to salads, pasta, or with some simple tomatoes sprinkled with balsamic
• Throw fresh basil, thyme or oregano in scrambled eggs
• Add to soups, stews and sauces
• Top your sandwich with fresh Basil- yum!
• Make pesto
• Top your tacos with fresh cilantro
• Add mint or basil to smoothies
• Add chopped herbs to whole grains
• Fresh dill on salmon
The reCAP Solution:
Mason Jars DIY Kit: Growing Herbs
POUR lid + ADAPTA Sprayer
Containers dry out more quickly than garden beds, especially when the herbs are set outside where sun and wind speed drying. Most indoor plants require watering every two to three days, or when the top inch of soil feels dry. Outdoor pots may require irrigation as often as once a day, or even up to twice a day during extremely warm weather. Checking the soil conditions daily ensures the soil contains the correct amount of moisture. Different herbs also have differing water needs. Basil grows best in evenly moist soil while lavender and sage prefer drier soil, so always reference the plant care tag before watering.
A jelly Mason jar, reCAP FLIP, and shaker screen
Store and serve dried herbs easily with the reCAP FLIP lid and jelly jar. See the video for an example!
3. DIY Pest Control
Make your own chemical-free pesticides with Neem oil.
Neem oil as a powerful, all-natural plant for warding off pests. In fact, neem juice is the most powerful natural pesticide on the planet, holding over 50 natural insecticides. You can use this extremely bitter tree leaf to make a natural pesticidal spray.
To make your own neem oil spray, add 1/2 an ounce of high-quality organic neem oil and ½ teaspoon of a mild organic liquid soap (I use Dr. Bronners Peppermint) to two quarts of warm water. Stir slowly. Add to a Mason jar with the adapta sprayer and use immediately.
Here are some tips to keep your plants in good shape:
- Don’t overcrowd. Keep only a few plants per window, leaving ample space between so they don’t compete for sunlight.
- Make sure the pot is big enough for the plant. If your pot is too small the roots will struggle to grow.
- Proper drainage. Make sure your pot has drainage so the plant isn’t sitting in water. If your pot has a saucer on the bottom make sure it doesn’t sit in standing water collected at the bottom. If you have no saucer place small stones at the bottom to keep the plant away from standing water.
- Don’t over-water. Read the instructions on each plant, some need more water than others. Water until the plant is lightly moist all the way down (put your finger in the soil to feel if it’s dry at the bottom), not soaking. If you develop large gnats chances are you’ve got too much moisture.
- Don’t under water. If your plant is getting droopy it needs a little water.
- Plenty of light. While all plants vary, most herbs need direct sunlight so place plants next to a sunny window. Southern exposure is preferable.
- Keep on trimming. Trim your plant from the top regularly so it continues to grow. Hopefully you’ll be using the herbs regularly in your cooking so this won’t be an issue. Even if you have smaller leaves at the top of a plant like basil, trim off the top layer. This will force the plant to grow more like a bush rather than a long stalk.