One thing I truly miss in the winter is getting into my garden. I’m not saying that we don’t go outside in the winter, but I miss the work of growing and harvesting food and flowers. With frosty nights arriving I know that sadly, it is time to shut down the gardens. I have already pulled out the cucumber vine and the beans have stopped producing. The tomatoes have a few green fruits still hanging on and my swiss chard is still thriving…a great fall weather veggie. It is hard for me to believe that the little herb seeds I planted so long ago in egg cartons are now ready to be harvested. One of the easiest ways to use herbs is by drying them…but how? I brought my daughters into the garden and we set to work.
3. find the best location to dry your herbs…dry, out of the direct sun, a location that is out of the way so the herbs won’t be disturbed – I chose over the kitchen sink in our basement
10. with the herb bundle in the bag rub the bag and watch the leaves fall off the branches (the girls especially loved this step)
Every step of this process I did with my daughters. We had a lot of fun. We filled over 1 small mason jar with dry leaves. This will last our family until next spring…or we are thinking about using our dried herbs in some sort of Christmas presents. Now that our thyme is dried we are hanging up our oregano. We are also going to attempt to transplant our rosemary plant and bring it indoors for the winter. Do you have any tips for bringing herbs indoors? I’ve never done this before…fingers crossed.