About the same time every year, I get tired of the snow and am ready for springtime. February is the month I usually get the winter blues. The holidays are over and the snow has lost its fun. It’s just cold and yucky and miserable. I long for warm days where I can sit in my garden and listen to the birds chirp. I get tired of bringing in wood for the wood stove and I’m ready to open my windows and let the fresh air in.
So how do you fight the winter blues? Grow something.
So this week I decided to get my herb garden going again. I decided to use seeds because they are cheaper. So I got the supplies together and started this fun mason jar herb garden.
You can find the instructions here.
This project is so fun because it combines two of my favorite things: mason jars and gardening.
First, I used mason jars I already had around the house, but if you don’t have any you can get them here.
Finally, I started with seeds, because that is what I had on hand. If you wanted to you could go to the nursery and buy herb plants. I used my canning funnel to make the job a little cleaner. I think they turned out so cute.
Why did I use these herbs? I use them in my cooking and canning.
Here is some information about the benefits of these herbs:
Parsley-Used as a garnish in cooking, it can also help with bad breath.
Dill-I used dill in my homemade pickles. It can also be used to alleviate hiccups and help with diarrhea.
Oregano-A staple in italian and mexican cooking, oregano is a natural bug repellant and aids in skin conditions such as psoriasis, dandruff and fungal infections.
Basil-One of the most popular herbs for cooking, basil also acts as an anti-inflammatory and deodorizer.
Chives-Provides a refreshing onion flavor as well as a natural antibiotic.
Cilantro-This one is my favorite for its yummy taste in my homemade salsa. It can also be used for its high level of vitamin C and for digestion aid.
Soon I will be starting the seeds for the garden, but right now I will enjoy herb gardening and watching them grow up tall. I will post updates on my Instagram if you want to see how they are doing.
How do you escape the winter blues? Do you enjoy herb gardening? I would love to hear about it in the comments below! Thanks!
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