Showing posts with label makerskit. Show all posts
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Monday, April 11, 2016

MakersKit Mason Herb Garden Savory Edition

I received this kit as a gift along with the Herb Garden Kit I blogged about previously. You can read that review here: MakersKit Herb Garden Kit. This kit contains the following:

  • 4 - Half Pint Glass Mason Jars
  • Organic Potting Soil and Pebbles
  • Organic Crushed White Volcanic Rock (Perlite)
  • 4 Seed Packets (Savory, Chervil, Dill, Arugula)
Labels of various kinds are also included. Having previously watched the instructional video, I was able to easily replicate the process with this kit. I soaked the seeds overnight this time.

Unfortunately, I did not use the mason jar for my arugula seeds because I wanted to start them in a manner that would be easier to transfer the seedlings to my raised bed outside. I did, however, use the extra jar to start some sweet marjoram seeds and it worked perfectly.

Day 1 - April 2, 2016 - Soaked the seeds in lukewarm water inside the jars overnight.

Day 2 - April 3, 2016 - Placed the soaked seeds on a paper towel and put back in the jar. Closed the lid and let them sit.

Day 6 - April 7, 2016 - Completed the kits and put the seeds inside.

Day 7 - April 8

Day 7 - one day in jars and all seeds are sprouting
Closeup of Savory - Day 7
Marjoram - Day 7

Each day I check the water levels by looking at the perlite and if there is no water I add some. I keep them in a warm place out of direct sunlight so they don't burn or dry out.

Day 10 - April 11
Day 10
Marjoram -  Day 10

I have been cooped up in the house and after such a great success with my last kit, I decided to use some of the seeds to try different seed-starting methods. As mentioned, I did not start the arugula seeds in the jar but below you can see that the seeds MakersKit sent are viable.

Here is an Amazon link to the kit I received: Savory Herb Garden Kit . The sweet marjoram seeds can be purchased in a set on Amazon here: ORGANIC NON-GMO Culinary Herb Set . 

Friday, April 8, 2016

MakersKit Mason Herb Garden Kit

I'll start this review by saying I love outdoor gardening. It's been a hobby of mine for several years but I have never started seeds indoors. I received this kit as a gift six months ago but just had a chance to try it. They send everything you need including:

  • 4 Half Pint Glass Mason Jars with lids
  • Organic Potting Soil and Pebbles
  • Organic Crushed White Volcanic Rock
  • 4 Seed Packets

I watched the getting started video as suggested and it was straight forward. The kit also includes several labels, etc., so I think including written instructions would be beneficial. Especially for those who have unreliable internet or just don't use it (yes, they are out there.)

I started the seeds directly in the soil without soaking on March 31.

Day 3, April 3 - basil first started to sprout

 Day 7, April 7, all four have started to sprout

Day 8, April 8, the parsley and cilantro are growing very fast!

The parsley was not showing any signs of life until yesterday so you have to be patient with it. Once my little seedlings are stronger, I will thin and attempt to transplant some. I wasn't sure how well the seeds would do. Now that I have seen such a high percentage of sprouts, I would recommend using only part of the seed packet and save part for later, or starting them in a different containers.

Here is an Amazon link to the kit I received - Herb Garden Kit.

My kit included basil, parsley, cilantro and clover. The new kits include mint, not clover.

I also started another kit that includes savory, dill, chervil and arugula yesterday. I soaked the seeds this time and the dill is already sprouting! I will post a review of that kit soon.  It can be purchased on Amazon here: Savory Herb Kit . Sometimes you can purchase the kits together on Amazon along with a culinary seed collection. I have started some of those and will also review their progress soon.