Morning, everyone! Claire here, with a weekend project that’s perfect for all of you who are gearing up for lots of holiday cooking. Remember two weeks ago when I asked for your opinion on which hanging herb garden you liked best? Well, your votes weighed heavily in favor of option #1… so, using it as inspiration, I created my very own indoor herb display. So excited to share the final product…and to get cooking with my personal garden just in for guests to arrive! Want to make your own? We’ve got the simple instructions after the jump…

  • old wooden board (I used a piece of painted wood I found by a torn down home)
  • mason jars
  • pipe clamps
  • triangle ring hangers
  • stainless hanging wire
  • picture hanger
  • chalkboard paint & chalk
  • brush
  • hammer, nails and screwdriver
  • herbs
  1. Space mason jars evenly on wooden board, and mark placement with a pencil in order to design and measure around.
  2. Tape off rectangles on board, and paint with chalkboard paint as pictured above. This way, you can switch out herbs and change their labels accordingly.
  3. Paint pipe clamps gold, and secure to wooden board by hammering a nail through the small holes in the pipe clamp.
  4. On back of board, nail in ring hangers and tie on hanging wire.
  5. Plant herbs in mason jars.
  6. Place mason jars into pipe clamps and tighten with a screwdriver.
  7. Nail picture hanger into the wall, and hang your herb display!

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  1. 1
    Jess December 15, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Wow!! I am in LOVE with how it turned out! I would die for that in my kitchen. I think it’s time for this girl to break out the wood and hammer…

    • dawn September 17, 2012 at 10:39 am

      for drainage you could put a litte gravel like you would find for fish tanks in the bottom of the jar so that the water can drain to the bottom and not keep the soil damp but not soaked.

      • CJ November 3, 2014 at 3:51 pm

        Or put those round beads that soak up water and expand on the bottom, they get smaller when they are depleated of water and bigger when they soak up water!

        • Sandra March 13, 2015 at 10:11 am

          Where do you get that type of beads?

          • bethany April 7, 2015 at 2:45 pm

            You can get them from baby diapers that are slightly wet(with water)

          • christine sierakowski May 17, 2015 at 9:05 am

            I was told that the diaper material contains toxic materials and that you should not use that material in any soil that you growing plants to use in cooking. Is that true? I thought about organic diapers (if there is such a thing), but I am still concerned.

    • Michele August 12, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      You can use activated charcoal from aquarium shop as your gravel to absorb odor and small piece of weed block to separate soil from gravel

    • Stephie Smith September 9, 2015 at 11:10 am

      I love this idea! It’s absolutely adorable. I love the labels under each herb, too. This would fit perfectly in my kitchen, thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Samantha Angela December 15, 2011 at 10:08 am

    How do you water them?

    • clairezinnecker February 8, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      I use a watering can from Ikea that has a long skinny spout so I can put it into the mason jars and slowly water.

      • Deanna July 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm

        I LOVE this idea! But am curious about the watering. I understand How you water them, I was just wondering if you run into a problem with the lack of drainage. Or does it not cause many problems because the herbs require damp conditions?

        • Deanna July 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm

          Okay, I continued reading the comments and found my answer. Thanks

    • LInda Betts August 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Are you kidding? You need to be told this?

      • DeMarie Rossi August 23, 2012 at 11:17 am

        @Linda – a question is a question and apparently a lot of others had the same one – play nice for pete’s sake!

        • Laura November 3, 2012 at 5:08 am

          I had the same question, and it’s a logical question to have when most plants do need holes at the bottom of the pot for drainage. Gravel is a great idea, thanks 🙂

        • Sharon March 28, 2015 at 9:41 am

          Demarie – what a nice way to respond. Don’t see much of that anymore. Are you related to any Rossi’s in Alabama or Georgia?

      • Lena January 6, 2013 at 6:21 pm

        That was pretty rude. Many people had that question. Play nice as DeMarie said!

        • Gena March 22, 2013 at 12:26 am

          Thanks for asking about the drainage. That was my first question! If we knew how to do it, we wouldn’t be trolling around the how to section, now would we?

        • Monica August 30, 2013 at 10:34 pm

          Yes that was rude…I just had the same question…I made self watering pots from a plastic bottle and they would stink a big time!! I guess if you just add the right amount of water plus the rock on the bottom for drainage it would be fine.

      • teresa March 24, 2013 at 11:16 pm

        Someone probably told you once upon a time.

      • Carol September 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm

        Really, Linda?? Not everyone has answers to every question. I remember teaching myself to quilt 35 years ago and had I not been able to be safe in asking questions, I would have never mastered the craft. Be nice.

      • Pam November 19, 2015 at 10:04 pm

        See u next tuesday

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    Adam December 15, 2011 at 10:08 am

    That’s awesome! I’m definitely going to try and make this for my mom!

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    Elise December 15, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Your creativity is so impressive. What an inspiration! I cannot wait to this at home along with all of your other amazing ideas!

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    danielle December 15, 2011 at 10:37 am

    this is so cute! I’ve done one similar on a old shutter but my herbs died. Are you having any luck with yours? Not sure if their roots didn’t take or what?

    • clairezinnecker February 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      The sun is a huge factor with herbs, at least that has been the case with my plants!

      • Veronica Escudero February 5, 2014 at 2:45 pm

        How about knats? I have north facing windows and I frankly booted my herbs outside because I have to water them so many times that it attracts knats. Please advise.
        Thank you

        • speed2fast May 11, 2014 at 8:52 am

          I had the same problem as Veronica. Does anyone have a natural way of preventing gnats or other bugs?

          • Holly January 13, 2015 at 10:43 pm

            I had gnats with my basil plant. To get rid of them I was told to put vinegar in a glass, cover it with plastic wrap, and poke some small holes. The gnats go in, then they can’t get out. I have used both apple cider vinegar and white vinegar with some success. I also started watering the plant more deeply, but less often. If you let the soil dry out a bit, they don’t have anywhere to live.

          • Char February 16, 2015 at 9:40 am

            I know this reply is about 3 years too late. If you have a pesky bug house plant issue, try Neem oil. Home Depot, Lowes and garden centers now carry it. I dabble in essential oils so I made a solution in a small spray bottle. 2 oz water with 20 drops neem oil. It’s organic and doesn’t hurt your plants.

          • Jennifer August 1, 2015 at 4:09 pm

            Gnats…really all bugs hatemint….add another jar and grow mint…you can also crush it up and put it in your corners to get rid of ants,spiders,roaches and so on.

          • Sue Z. September 17, 2015 at 10:10 pm

            Those are what is called soil gnats. They will lay eggs in the moist dirt of your house plants, including herbs. Cover the soil in your indoor pots with a good layer of fine sand – this keeps them from laying the eggs AND keeps the larvae from being able to reach the surface, which kills them.
            You can find decorative (colored) fine sand at any Dollar Tree or at any craft store for a few dollars more. To get rid of the gnats already flying about – use a small glass with a bit of apple cider vinegar and a pinch of yeast. Cover it with plastic wrap, poke holes with a toothpick and they will be attracted to the smell of fermentation. Keep doing this until they are gone.

    • Emily Etter April 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

      If you herbs are dying they are probably being overwatered.
      With the mason jar—there are no holes in it to let the water drain.
      And herbs are very sensitive to overwatering.

      If you are still having problems with them dying you might try switching to a different pot or jar thing that has a hole in the bottom of it to let it drain.

      • Cyam May 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm

        I had the same concern regarding the overwatering or an option of how to have the pot drain and it still look as pretty as this. Any suggestions?

        • Cyam May 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm

          Oh I see my question answered below. Nevermind

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    Claire Zinnecker December 15, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Thanks for everyone’s responses so far!!

    Samantha, I watered them for the first time lightly with a long spouted watering can, but you could also consider just spritzing with a spray bottle or placing ice cubes in there!

    Danielle, so far mine have done well (it’s been about a week), but I’ve grown basil before and know herbs can be a bit tricky! Fingers crossed 🙂

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    Kacie December 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    That’s awesome! What a great idea!


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    Tiffany December 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Was draining an issue for you? I alway have my mason jars ready to go just need a little insight about any draining issues I might encounter after planting. 🙂

    • clairezinnecker December 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      If you water lightly I don’t think it should be an issue. Also, you could put small stones in the bottom. This way the water collects in the stones and not the soil & it allows you to see how much you have watered!

      • Kristin February 4, 2012 at 11:55 pm

        OOH! Ok, I kept seeing this on pinterest but was wondering…how do they drain?? Thanks for the answer 🙂 I’ll try the stones.

        • margaret February 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm

          hi….so cute…was wondering about the drainage…do the roots get “soggy”…thanks

          • margaret February 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm

            of course …stones is the perfect answer!!!!…thanks

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    Amy December 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Do you have a lot of light in your kitchen? I have a total open floor plan but no window, just glass french doors to my deck. I love this but wonder how much sunlight herbs need to grow.

    • Camille Styles December 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm

      Herbs do typically thrive with a lot of light…I’d definitely put in a sunny spot, which sounds like your french doors *might* supply enough?

    • ellasc December 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      I am thinking of mounting the board on the side of the cabinets directly over my kitchen sink. It opens to a screen porch and if I find not enough natural light added to my over the sink light i could mount OUTSIDE the window and still be accessible from the kitchen window for cutting and tending. I think green onions or chives and parsley as well as the Ruby bush basil would be a good addition.

      For keeping moist but not soggy, try wetting the soil medium until it barely makes a loose ball when compressed in your hand before planting. Then, water very sparely during the low light winter months. better to let dry out a little then just small amounts of water.

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    Carrie R December 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Are you kidding me?!?!?! This is AMAZING!!!!

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    christina moodie December 15, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    This is awesome! I am so doing this in my new home. Super super cute.

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    Michael @ Blue Velvet Chair December 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Eek! Love it!
    Passing along to my own readers who just eat up the goodness of recycled and repurposed.

    • clairezinnecker February 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm


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    Melanie December 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Yep, I love this, I am totally doing this!

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    Adrienne December 17, 2011 at 5:49 am

    OMG, I love this!! Can’t wait to add this to my deck!

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    Carole December 17, 2011 at 5:49 am

    My sister grows house plants in jars & they look great. She hasn’t tried herbs. I tried herbs in the jars then put them in a wire rack from a canner & it looked really nice, unfortunately I didn’t have any luck with it. May just have to try it again.

    • Kelly December 9, 2012 at 5:56 am

      Thank you Carole! I have long tried to figure out where to put my herbs in my kitchen. I have 2 windows but one is directly over the kitchen sink area – no room for herb plants and the other lacks shelves or something to place the herbs on. this idea is great, but again, i would have no where to hang the finished racked that would be in good sunlight. re-using an old canning rack would be perfect in front my 2nd kitchen window. there is even a hook already in the ceiling from previous plantings! awesome!

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    Rachel December 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    With no proper drainage, isn’t mold a problem?

    • clairezinnecker February 8, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Yes definitely a concern, but if you are careful not to over water then you should be ok!

      • Gary Mitchell May 20, 2014 at 8:07 am

        You can use a little carbon – available at Trooical Fish Stores – and the carbon will help the water that leaks to the bottom to stay fresh. Best bet is to combine carbon with gravel

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    Fashionable Shenanigans December 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Absolutely love this idea. I buy these jars from thrift stores, they are so incredibly useful. You have just given me a new idea! Thank you for the inspiration!!! Your blog is lovely! Check mine out:

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    Julie January 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Just thinking maybe plant something else besides herbs? Like so other small house plant that don’t require alot of sun light….or just filling the jars with water and using them to start plants to root…

    • clairezinnecker February 8, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Good idea! I thought maybe succulents would be fun!

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    rebekah January 6, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I’ve done something similar but had no luck when roots began to spread out and become exposed to light. I thought I could have fixed it by painting the outside of the glass jar or if I would’ve planted initially in a colored container. Are you having any similar problems?

    • clairezinnecker February 8, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      I haven’t run into that, if anything I want more light on my herbs! But, painting the glass sounds like a good solution.

      • Anne February 26, 2012 at 8:20 am

        Or…wrapping a wide decorative ribbon around the jar where the roots are visible may be easier.

        • Renate S July 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm

          or you could cut out apiece of pretty contact paper to fit around about halve of the jar

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    joannegarcia January 8, 2012 at 12:04 am

    great idea – i’m so going to have to do this!

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    Briana January 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Claire,

    This is a great idea. I’m wondering how well your herbs have held up. I’d love to do something similar, but wasn’t sure how long the herbs would last in a mason jar.

    Good luck with your herbs!

    • clairezinnecker January 12, 2012 at 7:44 am

      Hi there!

      I have neglected my herbs slightly, so they need a little TLC 🙂 but still alive! I definitely would suggest putting rocks in the bottom as well as putting them in a place where they will receive a fair amount of sunlight. Goodluck!

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    Robo January 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Is there a special type of dirt to us with herbs? I have been looking for container ideas and I think I just found it!

    • clairezinnecker February 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      I had small enough jars that I just used the dirt they were planted in and didn’t had to buy any extra!

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    Mel January 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I love this idea. Might be just the ticket to help me survive the rest of winter until I can get my hands dirty in the garden this spring. The additional idea of using the canning rack sounds like a fun way to display! Herbs do needs lots of sunlight, fertilizer and careful watering. They should eek along until you can get them outside in the spring. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    morgan January 29, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    This is a genius idea! I just built a set for our apartment because I love to cook and I’m tired of not having fresh herbs at my disposal. Plus we live in an apartment so gardening isn’t an option. I am trying the rock suggestion, plus they look really cool in the bottoms of the mason jars. I am beyond excited about having live plants in a place our cats can’t eat them!

    • JoAnne May 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      I live in an apartment as well and I love having fresh veggies in the summer so I planted a container garden this year. I just planted all my veggies in 5 gallon buckets. Google “Global Buckets” or “Earthbox” or “Container Gardens” for more ideas! I happen to live on the ground level which helps, but you could still do it on a balcony too!

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    Marie February 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Totally Love this idea! Concerned that even with rocks the roots would grow into rocks and rot. What do you think?

    • clairezinnecker February 8, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Hopefully if you don’t over water this won’t happen!!! Just make sure it’s pretty dry before you water again!

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    Matt February 3, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I’m making this for my wife for Valentines Day. Our kitchen color is mainly red so I painted an old board red and then sanded it down after the paint dried so it would give it a rustic look. Not fully finished but it looks good so far. Also, I couldn’t find chalk paint in a big can but I found it in a spray can which made it pretty easy. Great idea, my wife loves the one on here so hopefully she’ll like this one! Thanks for the idea!

    • Chanel Dror February 3, 2012 at 11:46 am

      I can’t imagine a more perfect and thoughtful gift! Your wife is a lucky lady… be sure to let us know how it turns out!!

    • Claire Zinnecker February 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Wow! I agree with Chanel, you are quite a wonderful husband! Good luck and please share with us your finished product!

    • Anahi July 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Are you going to use quart-sized Ball mason jars? If so, what size are your pipe clamps?

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    Erin Spain February 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Great idea! I featured a link to this on my blog today, in an article about the many uses for mason jars.


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    Sonny February 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Where did you find copper pipe clamps?

    • clairezinnecker February 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Hi Sonny, I bought silver ones at Home Depot and spray painted them gold! Good luck!

      • Aimee April 12, 2015 at 9:54 pm

        Hello. So I started doing this project just by looking at it, instead of going to the instructions first..bad idea. But I’m glad I read this before going to far. I am now going to go buy some rocks. But when I went to go buy the pipe clamps, they were pretty expensive for just one. And I need 8. So i bought something else but they didn’t hold and the jar was slipping and the paint kept coming off. Is there a place I can go to get them for cheap? Thanks!

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    Janice February 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    This looks like a great idea! We grow all our vegies from seed indoors. One question: Where do you get the “triangle ring hangers”?

    • Claire Zinnecker February 8, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Hi Janice, they are just picture hangers that you can buy at a craft store, a frame store, or even home depot! Thanks and goodluck!

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    Desiree February 8, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    I love this and want to make something similar! Just curious where your mason jars came from? I almost got some at hobby lobby but wasn’t sure if the top opening was large enough…

    • clairezinnecker February 8, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      My mason jars are vintage ones, but I found some at a grocery store that have pretty large mouths. Hope this helps! -C.

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    Cori February 19, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I started this same thing last fall but I have some rocks on the bottom. I have mine hanging on a wire so I can easily take down the jar to water and when I am done I put my fingers around the plant and flip the jar over so excess water will drain out. The rocks go have a bit of green moss on them from the humidity that I cannot get out. I tried rosemary twice and both times they died. I tried cilantro from seeds but they were too leggy (I have them hanging in a north facing window) but my parsley thrives in this environment. My take is that it is a really cool concept but they would be much better with drainage.

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    Marianne Bodine February 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Love the rustic appeal!

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    Jenn Cornish February 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    love this project.

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    Jenny March 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I’m new to herb gardens and I was wondering how you use the herbs. Do you cut off the stems? Rip them off? I don’t want to kill my plants! 🙁

    • Claire Zinnecker March 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Hi Jenny, they are usually thin enough to pinch off with your fingernails, this won’t harm them, or you can trim them with scissors! I pick off leaves individually, but don’t take more than around 1/3 of the plant growth. Hope this helps!

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    Sheila March 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Hi.. How did you attach the pipe clamps to the board?

    • Claire Zinnecker March 5, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      The pipe clamps have small slits in them, I nailed a small nail through one of the slits into the hole. Make sure the head of the nail is large enough to hold the pipe clamp! Goodluck and let me know if you have any other questions!

      • Nicki June 2, 2015 at 11:40 pm

        I’m having trouble with this aspect of the building…maybe I don’t have the right size nails. They are slightly bigger than the slots and they start to go through but then they start bending and don’t hammer in straight. Now I have two pipe clamps with nails stuck in them that I can’t get out! Hope I can figure this out (trying to make it as a gift for my brother)…if you have any suggestions let me know! Thanks for the beautiful idea.

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    Nilu March 10, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Will you sell this? I love the idea but seems like too much work for me with work and 2 kids. I would supply the soil and herbs. I think you could totally sell them on etsy or thru your blog. $15 + shipping?

    • Camille Styles March 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Sorry Nilu, we’re not currently doing any e-commerce on the site…maybe one of our crafty readers would be up for the challenge??

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    Angee March 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Sorry to be obtuse, but what does “me sure around” mean in instruction number one? I’ve read it over and over and can’t figure it out.

    I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, but wasn’t willing to spend money on a board. Today we went sight seeing and found a board washed up on the shore of the Cheat River. I was beyond excited!!!

    • Claire Zinnecker March 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Oh dear! How did I not see this? It should say “measure”. I will change right now, thanks!

      • Angela March 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm

        Oh. Duh. Haha. I should have seen that. Oh, well. At least it gave you an opportunity to fix it. 🙂 I am making mine tonight. I did buy small pebbles from Lowe’s for the bottom of my jars. So excited to see the end result!!!

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    Caroline March 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Also, if you add a little bit of ground charcoal above the drainage rocks and below the soil, it will help control mold that may be caused due to over watering. Happy herbing!

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    Kathie W March 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Oh my! I am so doing this!!! Thanks for posting!

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    Judy March 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I love this!!! It’s so cute. I especially like the golden tone metal clamps holding the jars, where did you get them and what were they for (auto, plumbing) ? I can only find silver tone ones. I can’t wait to try this.

    • Becky April 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      She Spray painted them, it was in an above reply. Bet you could spray then any cool color!

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    Jihan March 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I was told u have to use pots because in a bottle the water in the bottle will make the soil go bad and smell is this true?

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    Jeanne Quinn March 29, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I love this idea but what about drainage? Do herbs need to be able to drain?

    • Becky April 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Put rocks in the bottom, don’t overwater and you should be fine. See above replies. A few replies up charcoal was suggested between rocks and soil.

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    Debra Kapellakis April 8, 2012 at 7:59 am

    beautiful, fun, fantastic, clever, useful, upcycled, useful, organic…

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    John S April 16, 2012 at 2:40 am

    my daughter has wanted me to plant an herb garden for some time. I found your creative idea, but wondered about the drainage. I used my diamond bit and went slow, drains fine. Thanks for the great idea. Now I can get her to make some salsa with fresh cilantro

    • clairezinnecker July 8, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Great idea, John! Glad that solved your drainage issue.

      • Marie August 18, 2014 at 9:51 am

        With the small drainage you can alternate the jars so the top one drips into the next and so on. Only the bottom jar would need a “catch basin”.
        I think I will try this.

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    Angela May 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I planted mine with small rock in the bottom for drainage and have been very carful to not over water or allow to get too dry. I planted from seed, but they’ve only grown a few inches. I used soul specifically for planting seed. Not sure why they’re so stunted and not putting out. They’re not much bigger than sprouts and have been growing for about six weeks. Ideas?

    • Angela May 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      That would be *soil* not *soul* 😉

      • clairezinnecker July 8, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        hmm I’m not sure….maybe lack of light? I’ve noticed this is my biggest issue with plants in the kitchen. Hope this helps!

    • JENNIFER April 12, 2013 at 5:13 pm


      • Aimee April 12, 2015 at 10:04 pm

        There’s something called Johns Ladybug Recipe. It’s a liquid fertilizer and I’ve heard it really works. I am going to try it on my herbs. If you would like to try some go to Try a nursery or anywhere that may sell plants or fertilizers. You may be able to get your local one to buy it.

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    Brittney May 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration, Claire!

    • clairezinnecker July 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      glad it inspired you!

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    Kelly Gorney May 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you SO SO SO much for the inspiration. I just completed this project myself, thanks to you. I blogged about it, in case you are curious:

    • clairezinnecker July 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Yay! It looks lovely!

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    Shelby June 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Hi! i was wondering what size mason jars you used and what size pipe clamps you used! thanks a bunch!

    • clairezinnecker July 8, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Hi Shelby, my mason jar was vintage but it was similar to a wide mouth quart jar. I don’t remember the size of my pipe clamps but I brought a mason jar to Home Depot and measured out which clamp fit around without too much extra length. Hope this helps!

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    the classroom creative June 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Claire-

    Your mason jar herb garden is perfect for the family who wants to grow their own food, but is limited on space.

    We featured your post at our summer fun 101 series: gardening round-up.

    Hope you have a lovely week!
    Nicolette & Karen
    editors of The Classroom Creative.

    • clairezinnecker July 8, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      So happy you featured it! Thanks!

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    Roxie June 25, 2012 at 10:33 am


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    Ellen June 26, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    This is a great idea! Now to find a wall to build one.

    I’m your newest follower from A Season for All Things. I can’t wait to hang out on your site for a while!

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    Nina June 30, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Back in the ’70s, terrariums were very popular. The bottom layer always had a layer of charcoal then the pebbles. The charcoal keeps the water sweet, so the roots don’t rot.

    • Camille Styles June 30, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Ooh that’s a great tip! I loooove terrariums… suddenly feel like making one as a weekend project!

      • Gail Harris June 9, 2013 at 6:59 am

        Charcoal bricks like for a grill work?

        • JoAnne Murphjy July 9, 2013 at 11:01 am

          charcoal like is used in aquariums can be bought at a hardware store. It comes in a jar

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    Sonya Parga July 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Love this idea…will be featuring it on my fb blog page today @

    • clairezinnecker July 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks for letting me know (and thanks for featuring it)! So happy to have this many wonderful responses!

      • Sonya Parga July 8, 2012 at 10:57 pm

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    Amy July 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    This is so super cute. I really love it. I always consult my Horticulturist Husband on projects concerning plants. He said this will work better if the jars are covered in fabric, or blacked out with paint. It will hurt the roots to get light; it may damage the plants. I’m going to give this a try with his suggestions. I’ll let you know how it works out.

    • clairezinnecker April 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Good suggestion, Amy!

    • Anahi July 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      You can also try wrapping moss around the soil of the plant before you ease it into the jar, this way you will still have the natural look and be able to hide the roots away from the light 🙂

    • Cheryl August 22, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Or line the jar with landscaper fabric like the Raingutter gardeners do. I am using my great-grandmother’s beautiful green mason jars and don’t want to drill holes or paint. That would feel like desecration!

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    Carole July 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    This craft was made at our latest monthly dinner. I referenced your site on the blog post. Love this idea and loved receiving this gift!

    Check it out the post at

    • clairezinnecker April 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

      So fun! Thanks Carole!

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    Jackie July 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I live in a place where winter is here for 7 months out of the yearjust wondering ifthey would last through winter? Thanks

    • clairezinnecker April 11, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Eek not sure I could give you the perfect answer! I’m no herb expert, I’d ask someone who works where you buy the herbs. I would think with proper sunlight and water they should…

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    Kathy August 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I purchased all the required materials today including reclaimed wood from a great out of the way place. Anyway, how are the jars kept on the diagonal? Is this with the pipe clamps only? How exactly did you attach the pipe clamps? I have enough materials for 4 boards and I want toile sure and get this right. I will keep one or two and give away the rest.

    • clairezinnecker April 11, 2013 at 9:31 am

      I made the nail (or screw) that attached the pipe clamp to the wood tight enough so that it could hold firm at an angle. Hope this helps!

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    Anna August 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    What size mason jars did you use? I love this and I can’t wait to make it myself!

    • clairezinnecker April 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Hi Anna! I used a vintage mason jar that is equivalent to 4 cups.

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    Julia September 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in my roundup of mason jar craft tutorials on the FaveCrafts Blog! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

    • clairezinnecker April 11, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Yay! Thanks Julia!

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    TJ September 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    just FYI if you want to spend a lil less for project you could use soda can tabs instead of triangle hangers 🙂 recycle and use them for tons of stuff…like if you slip one over a hanger you can snuggle hang another hanger on it to save space 🙂 just love recycling also could use old glass ragu jars or speghetti jars instead of mason…but I DO LOVE a mason jar 🙂 I just LOVE THIS project ! 🙂

    • clairezinnecker April 11, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Thanks TJ good suggestion!

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    Chef Robert Hannan September 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    congrats, i have been doing this for years,i just wish i posted it myself. fresh herbs every day beautiful, for you egglovers and spuds grow alot of chives nothing like fresh! bh

    • clairezinnecker April 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

      So true!

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    Polly October 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I was wondering what to do with my old spice rack and bottles. Great Idea!

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    Maelyn November 16, 2012 at 10:57 am

    For all of you who have been asking about over watering and the water not being able to drain out: I found an idea here that works well…

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    diannarae December 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

    this was a wonderful idea! i did it for hanukkah last night and it was a hit! thank you! 🙂 one question, i have not been able to find the pipe clamps, i ended up using something else copper which worked but wasn’t as “finished” can you maybe point me somewhere online that i can get them? thanks.

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    Kevin December 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I’m having a heckuva time getting anything to go through the pipe clamps – nails, screws, I’ve already literally bent one drill bit to a 90 degree angle. How/What are you guys doing?

    • clairezinnecker December 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Hey Kevin, I’m sorry you are having such a hard time! Drilling through the pipe clamps can be tricky but is definitely doable. I just made some more for Christmas presents and think it’s easier when you use a drill bit made for drilling through metal. Instead of putting a lot of muscle into it, let it drill slowly through on its own so you don’t break the bits. Hope this helps!

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    Jody Creighton December 23, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Love the idea just one question . . what type of fertilizer to use?

    • clairezinnecker April 11, 2013 at 9:37 am

      I would ask the people at the gardening center that question but I’m sure something geared toward herbs would be best.

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    Jody Creighton (@JCreight) December 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Love the idea just one question; what type of fertilizer do you recommend?

    • clairezinnecker December 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

      I would recommend asking someone who works where you buy the herbs. They are more knowledgable about all of this than I am!

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    Regina January 16, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    love this!!!!! I think small terra cotta pots might work also and would help with drainage.

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    c February 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Some pasta sauce jars look like mason jars. They are free after you use the sauce and would work for this. Good way to recycle them.

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    Melissa February 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    How long is the board?

    • clairezinnecker April 11, 2013 at 9:38 am

      I made my board 27″

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    Amy March 1, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I am very interested in doing this and have read alot of the comments but was wondering if anyone had any input on what the best herbs to grow like this are! thanks!

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    Jeff Patterson March 14, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Thanks so much for this great idea. I hope you don’t mind if I modified it a bit for our own kitchen that has oil rubbed bronze & copper accents.

    My tutorial gives you credit for the design idea 🙂

    Have a great day.

    • clairezinnecker March 14, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Of course! Thanks for asking and can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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    Rita March 25, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Are you interested in making one and selling it??

    • clairezinnecker April 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Hi Rita! I haven’t started selling any of my items but I will definitely let you know if I do!

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    Vicki Richardson March 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I am so glad to have found this, which someone posted the link on FB. I too have questions about watering, in fact that was the first thing that came to my mind. Then when I read down the list of questions I see a lot of people had the same thing on their minds. Then I read what Linda wrote and not only felt stupid but was embarassed for everyone else. So I wanted to say thank you for sharing and giving us all something to have fun with.

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    Corinna :o) March 28, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I was thinking of doing this OUTSIDE on my fence….I wonder if that will work? trying it!! Thanks for the idea :o)

    • clairezinnecker April 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

      I would think it would! As long as it gets enough sun and water.

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    Debra April 8, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I don’t know if you already answered this, but did you grow your herbs from seeds or repot them?
    ps… I’m new to your site and I love it!

    • clairezinnecker April 11, 2013 at 9:40 am

      I repotted them but I’m sure seeds would work too! Thanks!

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    Deborah Dickson April 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I may try this! I have some old barn wood that would work perfect with this! Thanks for the idea!

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    Elena April 21, 2013 at 11:50 am

    we also had a REALLY challenging time attaching the pipe clamps to the board. The nails didn’t fit through the holes and we tried drilling holes in them but that really didn’t work either…in the end, we took a flat-head screwdriver and stuck it into the slots on the back and twisted until we got a hole big enough to fit a nail through (phew!). While that easy solution took us a long time to get to the results are beautiful-thanks!

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    Ivette May 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    which mason jars did you use? i know they’re ball, but which kind?

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    Tiffani May 8, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    So, to water the garden, would you just use a spray bottle?? This is a great idea! love it!

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    Crystal Marshall May 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Sorry if someone asked this already, but does anyone know if this would work outside? Or would the jars get too hot & kill the herbs?

    • tiffany May 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

      I have mine on my porch and it lasted all summer last year (HEAT WAVE in Ohio) and into the fall and I have already replanted it for this year. I put pebbles in the bottom for drainage. I planted two types of basil and 2 oregano plants since they are the ones I use the most often.
      It was not in direct sunlight, if it is it may need watered more often, and you would need to plant herbs that prefer hotter conditions (rosemary, thyme oregano vs basil, parsley, etc)

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    cookingwithcurls May 24, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    OMG…this is awesome!!!

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    Jo June 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I love this idea! It is so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Anahi July 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    What website can I get charcoal from? I have checked and, but all I can find is charcoal for grilling. 🙁 Please help!

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    Anahi July 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Oh, and what are the measurements of the wood you used for this project?

    • Anahi July 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Nevermind on this one comment, I just saw your reply for another that said 27”, thanks! (But still awaiting a reply on my previous question :))

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    Michel July 26, 2013 at 11:37 am

    O.k., call me goofy, lots of folks do:) But, I made a loop from some wire and put it around the neck of the jar and hung them outside in the trees for the summer. They are doing just fine. Also, I put coloured marbles in the bottom, instead of pebbles, for a little hint of fun. Now, when people tell me that I’ve lost my marbles, I just say “No I haven’t, they’re in bottles in the trees:)” Yeah, that helps support my side:) If I need a little aeration, I just stick a couple of straws to the bottom of the jar and pull out little plugs of dirt. That seems to work fine. The only thing is to not over stuff the jar with too many plants.

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    [email protected] July 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I LOVE this tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing it! I featured it on my DIY and Craft Mason Jar Projects and Tutorials post on my blog Sew Creative today. I’d love for you to take a peek:

    Best Wishes,


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    rosy brendell September 15, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I love this idea. how long will it last

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    Sarah October 1, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    To drain: You can get tricky and purchase a diamond head drill bit for cutting holes in glass. Just a thought. They are cheap on EBAY.

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    Sharmain March 13, 2014 at 8:33 am

    This is so cool. i am definately going to have this hanging in my kitchen. thanks for that wonderful idea.

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    Judith March 18, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    This is a great idea, I too was worried about drainage I like the idea of rocks or gravel. I also thought about drilling a drainage hole in the bottom of the mason jar, not knowing how I would do that I checked out YouTube and there is a video on how to do this. Hope this helps!

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    Andrea April 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    If you want something to absorb water that is also pretty, you can use those Orbeez that were originally made for planting but are now marketed as a kid’s toy. They come in all colors, and swell up as they absorb water, then go back down in size as they dry out. Not only would they add a nice touch of color, but you could tell when you needed to water again by the size of the Orbeez . . .

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    Lauren May 4, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I made this and am at the point of securing the metal ring to the board. My husband doesn’t think a nail will hold it. Did anyone else have an issue with the jars coming off?

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    Dawn August 13, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    So cute! I guess you’d have to grow them for a while before securing them so as not to have to plants growing sideways?

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    Carla October 2, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Totally stupid question buttttt, can you have these all year round? Like, I’d like to give these as an xmas gift? But I guess the herbs wouldn’t be grown around the winter? (in a cold, snowy place). Sorry I know nothing about gardening/herbs/growing things. Just thought it would be a lovely Christmas present.

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    Rachel December 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Are you sure that the pipe clamp is strong enough to hold the mason jar?

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    Pam March 5, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I have a question for anyone who had successfully done this project. Do the plants get too big for the space allowed? The pictures are obviously from a recently created project — the plants are still young. What happens as they grow? I can only visualize what is in my outdoor garden and they seem too big for this wall project. It’s idea if it works.

    • Tiffany Jones March 30, 2015 at 9:19 am

      I use my planters (I have made two) each year. I put summer herbs in them and nothing has outgrown the containers yet. I am sure it helps that I continually use the herbs for cooking.

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    Kelsey April 15, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Just curious… Will all Troyes of herbs work in there? I’d like to plant basil and parsley. Also, does the wall where your going to hang them need a lot of sun?

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    Lori Herrera July 8, 2015 at 7:07 am

    I love herbs and having them on hand in the kitchen is so nice. I’m a gardener at and planting is my work and hobby. I sometimes make little herb and spice gardens as a gift to my my friends and they enjoy taking care of them. Mason jars are really good idea, thanks!

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    Brent. August 10, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    These look beautiful and the photographs are lovely but they just don’t work. Herbs need full sun and good drainage to grow. With no drainage in these jars the plants will rot within a couple of weeks. If you put them outside in the sun the jars would get too hot and cook the plants.

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    Janna September 10, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Does hanging at that angle affect the growth of the herbs at all? I am planning on starting mine from seeds with the jars set upright, and then hanging them after they have sprouted a bit. With rocks for proper drainage and plenty of light, will they be able to grow well like this?

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    Kara December 22, 2015 at 1:47 am

    I’m hoping to make this for my mom this Cristmas. What kind of pipe clamps did you use and where can I buy them?

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    Claire Griffiths March 14, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    What diameter pipe clamps do you need?

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    Julie February 24, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    How do you get the moisture content right for the jars? It seems like it would take ages to keep these going with out some sort of watering system in place

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    David September 1, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Good project, and I like the writings, it gives a classic look for that board. I would just print and paste the names 🙂

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    Gifts August 24, 2018 at 10:01 am

    My experience is that it is difficult to grow herb indoor.

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    Stoya CRUZ August 29, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Amazing post great,keep up the good work!