Keep a pinch of fresh herbs for delicious meals just a few steps from the kitchen and all in one place–a strawberry jar. Originally designed as a novel way to grow clean strawberries, the pockets in a good-sized jar are big enough to hold an herb plant. Mix it up by planting one of each of your favorite herbs in each pocket. Good choices include sage, thyme, parsley, mint, oregano, and rosemary.
Here is a hint for planting. The natural inclination is to fill the jar to the top with potting soil and try to plant the pockets from the outside, but this ends up being very awkward. Instead, plant the jar in stages, a tier at a time, pushing the tops of plants through the pockets from the inside out. Fill as you plant and the plant that will grow largest, such as rosemary, at the very top.
Use a premium quality potting soil. This is very important because there are lots of roots trying to grow in a relatively small space. See our article, You Must Use A Good Potting Mix, in the Gardening section for more about how to select a good potting mix.
Water with a gentle stream, making sure to water at the top and each pocket along the sides of the jar to settle the soil. After the first good watering, you should be able to water just from the top. Mix Bonnie Herb and Vegetable Plant Food in the water to fertilize the plants.