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Drying Herbs

September 21st, 2017

I’ve been cutting and drying herbs, mostly by hanging them on the back porch. After walking through the hot front porch many times a day, it dawned on me that this spot would be perfect for drying herbs. On sunny days, it hovers around 100 degrees, which is perfect for drying herbs.

I didn’t have an easy to hang herbs, so I put in a few nails, string a string between them, and starting clipping bouquets of herbs from it.

At the moment I have loads of catnip (more on what that will be used for later), oregano, and sage. These herbs will keep our winter meals savory and our cats happy all winter.

What herbs do you grow and dry during the summer?

5 Comments to “Drying Herbs”
  1. Nebraska Dave on September 21, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Susy, as of yet no herbs in the garden. I did grow some dill once just to spark the memory of my mother’s garden. It’s what I remember most about her garden. The smell of dill brings back many memories of a time when life was simple and basic. Are there any garden smells that spark memories for you? Your porch must smell heavenly with all the herbs drying there.

    Have a great day in the herb garden.

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  2. JJ on September 21, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Thyme, oregano and rosemary are garden staples that I dry every year. While I can buy inexpensive, organic herbs in bulk from a local natural food store, it’s so much more satisfying to preserve and use herbs that I’ve grown. It’s been more humid that usual recently though, so rather than hanging I’ll be using a dehydrator to process them this year.

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  3. Joan on September 21, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Dill, rosemary (though I try to just bring in a fresh plant from the garden and keep it alive all winter), and now, thyme and oregano from plants that you gave me last year!

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    • Joan on September 21, 2017 at 8:55 am

      And this year I’m going to bring a tarragon plant into the house to see if it will make it through the winter – I much prefer fresh tarragon over dried.

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  4. Brenda on September 21, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    I bought some herb drying racks (the round fabric dry rack kind) this year for drying my herbs and fleeces for spinning and I love them. They provide great air circulation and are wonderful space savers. I highly recommend them–I’m going to try them for hot peppers, too.

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