The jars in gardens were usually used for that type of plant, preserved in the summer’s bounty for enjoyment (or survival) when there is nothing to grow in the winter season. Today, mason jars are very famous, and everyone likes to place them in the garden. It’s a form of container that is quickly found in everything from salad containers or vases to toothbrush holders. Occasionally they easily still preserve food Glass jars and metal lids are commonly used in home canning. They are primarily supplanted by other methods for commercial canning (such as tin cans and plastic containers),
But how many of you know anything about that? Like, why are they called mason jars, and why are they everywhere? The answer is pretty simple….
Philadelphia tinsmith John Landis Mason did the invention of Mason jars. He named the jars after self-trying and patented his design in 1858. Despite how many jars are in the world today, Mr. Mason sadly did not get satisfaction to attain wealth and glory with his invention? He sold off a few patents before the design took off.
The reason for the popularity of Mr. Mason’s jars is their designs. For the first time, bleached glass was used (transparent glass jar), allowing canners to see what was inside the pot. (This is important in determining if canned food is still safe to use for consumption or not)
Feature of Mason jar:
- Mason jars have a two-part, one is top that a lid with a rubber ring, which creates a vacuum seal from the underside (which is so integral for safe canning)
- And the outer part is a band with reusable screw threads, which help in hanging.
- The bands and jars can be reused many times, but lids can only be used to seal once.
It seems like an important simple feature today, but before patent, folks were preserving food with glass jars sealed with a thin, flat lid and wax, for vacuum seal, not reusable and not entirely reliable.
Types of jars:
- Fruit jars: This is used for common content.
- Glass canning jars: it is a generic term reflecting their material and purpose.
- Kilner jars: which are made by a UK manufacturer.
- Lightning fruit jars: Another type of jar, which is not the same as the screw-thread, was popular in the late 19 and early 20 centuries for home canning.
- Affordable range: Everyone loves to place jars in their gardens, especially at a lower price. The jar was quickly found in the home and store.
- Reusable: The jar is reusable, and That Will Make Your Garden Beautiful.
When using fresh herbs is part of your kitchen routine, growing herbs indoors is an easy choice. It has always been challenging to find enough small containers to transplant the many herbs growing on the back porch in past years. That wasn’t a problem this year, as the ease, style, and convenience of a mason jar, gardening Glass jars, and metal lids are still commonly used in home canning and are embraced. At the same time, they have been largely supplanted by other methods for commercial canning (such as tin cans and plastic containers.
10 Clever Ways to Use Mason Jars In the garden.
Catch-All for Tools
Use your canning jars which help to the container for any number of garden tools. The big mouth jars will work best if you want them to hold or place your garden tools and plant stakes.
We usually store our seeds in packets or loose, but your canning jars can hold a large number of seeds and look nice in the kitchen. This is especially great if you like to see the seeds by that know their availability.
Potting Bench Decoration
Line up jars on the potting bench as they look like a great way to show off your Mason jar collection anywhere. Use the help to hold flowers, fill them with vintage garden tools or leave them empty.
The bottom of your jar is to be filled with sand and top with a light tea candle which is readily available in the home. Even if you use battery-operated candles, the sand will elevate the light and make your table feel like summer, and we also put for candles light dinner. Line a number of these on the outdoor garden table for festive lighting.
Clip the bundles of herbs from your garden and place them in water-filled jars. Keep an herb jar on your kitchen or table for a fresh bouquet some for dinner.
Just holes in the jar lid and use it as a shaker for tiny seeds.
Birdbath or Feeder
Keep a large jar upright and top with a glass or metal plate for a bird feeder or birdbath. It’s best to put hot glue in the pie plate to the jar so that the birds or wind won’t topple it over.
Fill your jar with potting soil in the bottom and plant with flowers or herbs. These growing jars can be used as gifts or outdoor table decorations. You can display them individually or group them to place several in a container with compartments.
Place roll of twine inside a mason jar. Use a decorative lid with a straw hole or punch a single hole in the top of the cover. Thread the cord through the hole and screw the lid on. No more tangled twine. If you make a hole, be sure to sand down any sharp edges on your metal not to damage the string.
Last but not least, use your canning jars to serve food and also beverages. These classic containers can be used for iced tea, lemonade, or cocktails for your next BBQ at your next garden party.
Mason jars have endless uses. The more one uses them. More ways will be found to put them to work. Pick up a 12-pack of jars at the local grocery store if you don’t have vintage Blue Ball Jars and use them in the shed, on the picnic table, and in the garden. Easy and inexpensive, mason jars are a great way to add beauty to your simple garden.
- Quart Mason jars
- Small rocks or gravel
- Potting mix
- Herb plants or seeds
- Jar labels
DIY of Mason jar
Step by step, we learn about that how to set up the mason jar in-home or a kitchen, so below there are few steps which are:-
- One: Place Rocks in Bottom of Jars
The jars do not have holes for water drainage. Starting with some layer of rocks, gravel, or even marbles about 2 inches deep in the bottom of jars. It will prevent roots from damage by excess water.
- Two: Add Potting Soil
Potting mix soil is a planting medium that includes lighter organic materials like peat, compost, and other material. Potting mix provides excellent moisture and is a perfect choice for container gardening. Fill jars with potting mix to 1-2 inches below the jar rim.
- Three: Transplant Herbs or Plant Seeds
While transplanting herbs to Mason jars, gently pull roots apart to encourage growth, plant in a jar, and pack mix firmly around the base and root of the plant (top off jar). For plants with more established roots, removing a little potting mix from the jar may be necessary before planting. Keep roots exposed to the air for as little time as possible and water plants as soon as they are re-planted.
- Four: Label Jars
Herbs can be labeled using a craft stick placed in the dirt, an identification card attached to the jar’s neck, or a sticker affixed to the jar itself. In most cases, your Mason jar garden will remain in plain sight, so a pretty label goes a long way toward adding a bit of flair to these functional containers.
- Five: Maintenance
Your Mason jar garden is terrifically portable. Place jars in a location that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day (windowsill, countertop, etc.), but enjoy the ease they can be moved around. Keep herbs watered, but do not overwater. Harvest your kitchen crops as needed to add flavor to whatever is on the menu
Mason jars are easily available, inexpensive, and have an innate rustic style that endures. They can be used(or other recycled jars) to grow herbs, transplant them, or start from scratch. The steps below should be managed to drainage, growing medium, sunlight requirements and add a bit of flair to our favorite indoor plants.