Living on the bad side of Lake Michigan, we only have roughly 6 months where herbs can grow with any sort of normalcy outdoors. So, I've reserved a section of my countertop for a mason jar herb garden. I know mason jars aren't ideal but it's an easy way to try this theory out and see where it goes. The space will be under two cabinets in a dim corner of the kitchen but it is between one 3 x 2' window and our outside door which has a full window in it so it will get decent light during the day. To help that out, I've purchased a T5 fluorescent , 25W, and placed a layer of mylar under the cabinets. I will keep the fluorescent on the counter, shining up to the mylar which should then reflect it back down onto the plants.
Is this a terrible idea and I'm about to lose $7 worth of starter herbs (yes that is sarcasm)? I have the following herbs at this point:
Flat parsley, but this is just a bunch with the stems in water
Cilantro, same as parsley, just a bunch from the store with stems in water
I change out the water for the cilantro and parsley every few days. I'm finding it hard to not leave standing water in the bottoms of the other jars, but still maintain a moist soil up top. I'm guessing I need more frequent watering with less overall water at a time. The mason jars are set up with a mulch in the bottom 1", then potting soil and what came with the starter herb above it.
Am I on the right track? Any advice is appreciated, obviously this stuff wouldn't be hard to scrap and start over at this point. At this point I am only using potting soil and water, no plant food of any type.
Thanks for any ideas!