Jul 042013

I love the fragrance and flavor of fresh herbs, and having to run outside to snip some for a recipe takes time and ambition.  Since it’s a known fact that natural fragrances help us enjoy life, my kitchen chores might even become more enjoyable now.

herb jar blogAcrylic paints are non-toxic according to the “This Old House” website, so I painted the insides of the jars for a shinier look.  Titanium dioxide replaced lead in paint 30 years ago, and is edible.  Would you believe it’s in products such as toothpaste to give it whiteness, as well as meringue pie?

I painted the label area on the jar’s outer side with a flat grey paint, since chalkboard paint is rather pricey.  Then the names of the herbs were added with white paint.  For that finished decorative touch, I wrapped and tied Raffia around the jar’s neck.

First, broken clay pieces were added to the bottom of the jar for drainage and to absorb excess water.  Next, the potting soil was added around the herb plant until the jar was filled.  With these small jars, I’ll be watering almost daily.  A weak, and weekly, addition of liquid fertilizer will help boost their growth time

If I prune the Rosemary plant just right, I might have a miniature Christmas herb tree sitting on my kitchen sill by December.

  14 Responses to “An Herb Garden On My Window Sill”

  1. I really enjoy your blog! This idea is great! – And might even work in my own shallow kitchen window sill. Where did you get your adorable jars?

    • Thanks so much for your kind comments. I bought the jars for $1/each at JoAnn’s Fabrics. The jars also made cute snow globes that the grandkids had fun making.

  2. These are so sweet. There’s nothing better than fresh herbs in the kitchen and the containers are so colorful.

  3. Thanks for the follow on my blog. This retirement thing is an ever changing scene for me. I flit from one thing to another and hardly ever look at the clock any more! 🙂 I’ll be exploring more of you blog in the future. It looks awesome!

    • Thanks for the kinds words. When I started blogging a few months ago, I didn’t expect the added perk of getting to know other “retirees” from across the country. You might get a kick out of seeing my new hobby on http://www.etsy.com/handmadebyneva too. I made costumes for my kids and grandkids and now I’m making them for little people in other states.

  4. These are so cute! If I add anymore herbs to my indoor garden I am definitely using this method. I especially love the raffia to make them a little more decorative and “lived in.” 😀

    As for the chalkboard paint, you can make your own and it’s very inexpensive! (see: http://www.marthastewart.com/271574/custom-color-chalkboard-paint) I got supplies to make my own since I’m planning on turning an old mirror with an ornate frame into a chalkboard, and got a huge box (the smallest available was 12 lbs or so) of the grout for under $10. That’s going to last me forever.

    • Thanks so much for your kind comments. Wow, thanks for the tip on the homemade chalkboard paint. I’m going to check out the website asap. I’m looking forward to reading your posts too.

  5. I love fresh herbs, especially Basil. Love grabbing from garden and adding to almost everything including a tomato and cheese sandwich!

    • Thanks so much for your comments. Other than eating them, I love to rub the herbs between my fingers and savor the fresh aroma. Now when I’m in my kitchen, I can do just that.

  6. Absolutely perfect! What a clever person you are! Now I have to get busy and find the right jars to do this with.
    I know what you mean about running outside to clip some herbs. Too much trouble some days and I never think of it in advance.

    Love it if you brought this over to What’d You Do This Weekend? on Monday.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

    • Thanks for your kind comments. I found these jars at Joann’s Fabric Store for $1/each. Could you give me the URL for “What’d You Do This Weekend?” I went to your amazing website, but it wasn’t linked there and some of your blog wasn’t uploading properly.

      • The party goes live at midnight Sundays. Sorry you had trouble with the site. The electronic technology is not 100% reliable. http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/. Check it out Monday. Thanks for the info.

        • Okay, I’ll check it out. Maybe it’s my computer, but when I go to your link even now …../blog/ I cannot bring up your site. Also, by clicking on your “rambling” which has the same url, I won’t get your page. Perhaps you should check your url on a different computer to be sure your website is working properly.

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