Remember that organic vegetable garden my husband and I started back in the spring? We researched, studied, had the raised beds built, bought the right soil, had irrigation installed…and guess what? I would have to say that it was a resounding….failure! We are not really sure what happened or what the problem is. Currently I am taking the Scarlett O’Hara approach….I will think about that tomorrow.
I thought it would be fun to grow kale, onions, and cauliflower…..I should have just stuck to tomatoes and herbs! A few things that thrived are the climbing flowers (like morning glory). They grew and grew and grew and took over the entire trellis. Pictures at the bottom of this post.
I did get a bunch of basil. I mean a bunch! I made pesto with that In July. I did not capture any photos but I promise I will next time I harvest it because…guess what? It is so hot here right now my basil turned into a 2nd crop. You can grab the Pesto Recipe HERE.
This morning I was all prepared for the harvesting and drying of the fresh cut herbs. I cut the rosemary and sage before it got hot. Otherwise the heat would have wilted the leaves after cutting them. My house sure does smell amazing. It has been years since I dried herbs and I was so excited.
(you will know the leaves are dry when they are crumbly) –
I opted for the paper bag method. I have a vague recollection of doing this before. 🙂
As with most herbs, the shelf life is about 1 year. Since I am drying a LOT this year I will definitely be making gifts.
AND, you can definitely dry plants you buy at the store. There are always rosemary ‘trees’ during Christmas time.
I am REALLY excited about my fresh dried herbs! Go on. Grow some herbs. Then you can cut your herbs, dry them and use them all year long.