Many people would agree that gardening is one of the best feelings in the world.  As a matter of fact, it has been scientifically shown that gardening will lift your spirits, ward off depression, and make you happier.

According to Jules Pretty, a Professor of environment and society at the University of Essex, “Scientific research at a number of universities, including at the University of Essex, now clearly shows that engagement with green places is good for personal health. We also know that short-term mental health improvements are protective of long-term health benefits.”

In brief, providing a dose of nature, gardening is good for both mental and physical health, and is beneficial for all age and social groups.

But, what about those who live in a condo and don’t have the chance to grow plants in the garden and enjoy this relaxing activity? The good news is that mason jar growing is equally relaxing, simple, and fun project. It takes up little space and offers both decorative touch and pleasure.

What is it?

Herbs are the easiest and the best things to be grown in a mason jar. Apart from adding greenery to your home, they also work as fresh addition to your dishes.  The mason jar can be hang on the balcony, placed on a bookshelf, or rested in a windowsill.

Some of the best plants for herb jars include:

  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Cilantro
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Chives


  • Investing in mason jars is the first step. Given that they have become all the rage over the past few years, you can find them in any hardware or grocery store. Another option is to use recycled pickle or pasta jar. Simply soak the jar, remove the labels, and wash them thoroughly.
  • Don’t use seeds, but start your herbs from transplants instead as they have roots which ensure faster growing.
  • Drill a couple of holes in the mason jar to ensure your herbs receive the adequate drainage. It is recommended to wear gloves and safety glasses as this can be quite dangerous. Cover the jar with cutting oil, and drill slowly using a diamond cutting drill bit. Make a few 1/8 to ¼ inch holes with the drill or simply fill the bottom of the jar with stones in case you want to avoid the drilling process.
  • Then, fill the jar with a potting mix or your own mix of compost, sand, and sphagnum peat. You can also add fertilizer into the soil medium or use a soluble fertilizer when done with the planting.
  • Plant the herbs so that the root ball is below the surface of the medium. You should moisten the potting medium with warm water first, the add the potting mix, and finally cover the root ball so that it sits with its top ¾ inch below the upper edge of the jar.
  • Put the jars in a sunny area where they can get at least 6 hours of sun daily. Keep the soil most, but not wet. Once the plats outgrow the jars, swap them for new transplants and move to bigger herbs and larger pots.