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24 Apr 2020

How to make a jam jar garden

A jam jar filled with stones, moss and a piece of ivy.
You don’t need to have outdoor space to start gardening! Michael Lawrie, Head Gardener for the Trust’s Dumfries & Galloway properties and Head of Threave School of Heritage Gardening, explains how to make your own jam jar garden.

What you need

  • An empty jam jar
  • Stones
  • Twigs
  • Flower heads
  • Moss
  • Some decorations

Step 1

Collect small heads of flowers from the garden or during a walk in your local park, along with some stones, twigs and moss. Add the rocks to the bottom of an empty jar, and then the moss, building up from there. Mist with water occasionally to keep fresh.


Step 2

If you want to grow something in your jar, sow cress or lettuce seeds on some soil or damp tissue paper.


Step 3

Don’t throw away the jam jar lid – you can sow wildflower seeds there on a layer of soil. Remember to plant them out when they’re big enough.


Top tip

Paint the jar and add little toys for decoration.

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