Add a greenery accent or decorative herbs with these simple gardens in a jar.
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Select a quart-size or larger jar for your planter. The jar should have a wide opening at the top and a lip large enough to wrap wire around the neck without slipping off. A decorative jar or canning jar will work.
Fill the jar about a third full with sand to catch excess water. Wash the small stones and pour enough into the jar to fill it about two-thirds full. Pack the stones tightly against the sand.
Add enough soil that the top of the soil will touch the bottoms of the roots on the plant you’ll add. Insert the plant -- herbs and succulents work well -- and add packed soil as needed. Leave a gap between the top of the soil and edge of the jar for easy watering.
If the jar lacks a handle, make one from copper electrical wire using the Wire Handle Guide. Cut about 18 inches of wire and bend it at the middle. Add 1/2-inch loops opposite each other on the jar. Then twist the wire ends together, drawing the wire snug against the jar. Trim off the excess wire.
Trim another piece of wire for the size handle you want. Make a 1/2-inch loop at one end and close it around one of the loops on the jar wire. Bend the wire to shape, make a second 1/2-inch loop, and pass it through the second loop on the jar to complete the handle.