I got my first harvest of the year in, with my herbs which are growing amazingly. So I’m excited to share with you guys how to harvest and dry your herbs. I am going to make this a down a dirty fast how to for harvesting and drying herbs. Because if you are anything like me, you have have 6.7 seconds to read this without some random catastrophe calling your attention. Lets be real, finding time to take care of your garden is hard enough without habing to wade through seven pages before getting to what your here for. So lets jump in!
For parsley, go for your largest leaves. Those are the oldest, the thickest stems. Like with all the herbs we will talk about, leave the new growth so that your plant can continue growing for future harvests.
For basil go for the biggest leaves however. When you are looking at your basil leaves, you will see the smaller leaves or new growth growing just above the leaves ready to harvest. So harvest carefully so you only snip off the leaf instead of the whole stem and that way you won’t effect the new growth.
Like our other herbs, here we are heading for the larger leaves. Leave the smaller ones for new growth.
Harvest the oldest, most mature stems. Be sure to leave the smaller stems so that they can continue their growth.
For thyme, you can harvest by snipping the stems as far done as what you want or need. Be sure to leave at least an inch so that your Thyme can continue it’s growth for continued harvests.
There are a few different ways of drying your herbs after harvesting them, such as in the oven or microwave. I myself prefer the hanging method and that is what I will show you. It’s simple and direct. After you are done harvesting your herbs, gather your leaves by the stems and place over a piece of string or yarn. Gentle tie the yarn closed, wind the yarn around the stems and tie a few more times to ensure they are secure. Make sure you do this enough times because as the herbs dry, the stems shrink and you don’t want to loose any by them falling out. Once you’ve tied them, hang them somewhere secure to dry. After they are dry, chop up and add into your herb containers.
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