Sometimes you can make the most serendipitous gardening discoveries indoors—in my case, in the kitchen. I keep herb cuttings in water, and one day I noticed roots. It turns out you can propagate herbs on the countertop and, with a little extra effort, transplant them to the garden.
Want to give it a try? See my DIY video for step-by-step instructions (you'll need to assemble the materials outlined below):
Above: Soft-stemmed herbs like mint, basil, and parsley are good candidates for countertop cloning.
Above: Watch the video for step-by-step instructions.
Above: Mint will start to sprout roots in less than a week.
Here's What You Need:
• Cuttings of mint, basil, or another soft-stemmed herb.
• Wide-mouthed glass jars, such as Weck 9 Oz. Canning Jars, $3.50 apiece from Crate and Barrel.
• Scissors to snip herbs; Ikebana Scissors are $31.95 from Amazon.
• A jar of Rose Stones pebbles is $12 from Terrain.N.B.
For one of our favorite outdoor DIY projects, see DIY: Spray Paint Black Planters.
N.B.: This is an update of a post originally published November 13, 2012.