Creating a Windowsill Herb Garden

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This Tutorial First Appeared on the Big Tiny Steps Blog. Mandi has kindly shared it here with us today. 

Ever since my family started the journey towards living a greener, more natural life we have been in love with the idea of growing our own food.

Along with my desire to have less processed food and added salt and sugar, creating a herb garden seemed to be the perfect project.

There are about a million tutorials out there on this, but here’s what I did to achieve this particular result.

Creating a Windowsill Herb Garden


  • Containers (I used glass mason jars from sauce because I wanted an excuse to upcycle)
  • Potting mix (different than potting soil)
  • Rocks, gravel, beads or marbles- anything to put on the bottom to trap excess water
  • Seeds or herbs to transplant


  • Twine
  • Old paper or decorative scraps
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Chalk pens


This is a good first step to avoid mislabeling the jars if you are using seeds as I did.
First you take a scrap of paper that you are wanting to use for your tags and cut them into the size you want. I used cutoffs from vintage maps that I had just used to make an origami bouquet. Because of the long names of the herbs I used (I’m looking at you spearmint!) I cut them down to 8.5cm by 2.5cm.

Next, use a hole punch to make a hole for the twine to fit through.
Then, get your chalkboard paint and paint in a black box to write your label. You could use a ruler or stencil to keep the edges neat, but personally I was going for more of a rustic DIY feel so I did it freehand.
Lastly, take your chalk pens and put the herb names on the tags.


First, take your gravel, rocks or marbles and fill the bottom of the jar about 1 or 2 inches deep
Take your potting mix and cover the rocks to just below the top of the container.
Take your twine and roll it around the rim of the container twice and cut it so that there are 2 ends with about 1-2 inches left over after tying the ends.
Untie the twine, add the tag and add your seeds. Water and find a nice windowsill for your new herb containers to call home!
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Briar Rose

Briar Rose - Canadian Mama to two beautiful boys, blessed wife to the most supportive husband, Positive Parenting, Natural Family Wellness & Motherhood. Saved by Grace, Lover of all things old. Antiques, Old Books and Old Homes. History and Ancestry. Refinishing or Restoring Furniture, Creating Rustic Designs, Ornate Antique, Primitive Decorating. Learning to bake, sharing on Old Recipe Book. Taking a break from Blogging @ Briar Rose Blog, The Herbal Healing Mama, & Rustic Reclaimed Designs. - Profile photo: Reflections of Life Photography.

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