It’s harvest season and that means drying herbs! There are some great drying racks on the market, but you can also dry herbs at home, here are a few hacks I use:
Lay on wire racks:
Search your home for wire racks to use, I’m using racks from my power air oven. You may also consider wire shelves, dish racks, etc., Clean & disinfect the rack & lay herbs flat onto it, then store in a cool, dark place & make sure they receive good ventilation.
Hang to dry:
Tie small bundles with twine & hang upside down to dry. Leave enough string to hang or you can use clothespins or chip clips. Keep out of sunlight to preserve flavor & hang in a dark, dry spot. I have mine in my pantry closet.
Hang in a bag
Place herbs upside down in a mesh or paper bag and hang to dry.
Or, you can dry in a basket, a food dehydrator, or an oven & microwave.
You can also find many DIY’s online to make your own drying rack.
Grateful this summer a dear friend gave me the best gift ever…garden space! Living in an apartment I don’t have much room to garden and what I do have is pretty shaded from the large lovely Pines we have growing here. It fills me with joy to have the opportunity to develop my gardening skills, and to deepen my relationships with these sacred plants. I love spending time with them, giving them offerings, and talking to them, and it makes me so happy to please the bees, though I think I annoy them by trying to take their pictures, I back off when they tell me to!In this post, I thought I’d share some pictures of my babies, like any proud mama!
Pictured are St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Lemon balm (Melissa Officinalis), Nettles (Urtica dioica), Greek mullein (Verbascum olympicum), Tulsi kapoor (Ocimum tenuiflorum), Calendula (Calendula officinalis), Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), Motherwort (Leonurus cardiac), and a row of kale and a row of pot marigold for pest repellent.