Local Garden Column: Tips on drying herbs from the garden – News – Times Telegram


How should one go about drying herbs that are harvested from their garden?

The best time to harvest your herbs is when it is a sunny day, mid-morning after the dew has dried, but before the essential oils in the plant have dissipated.

Once the herbs are picked, rinse them with water and pat dry. Long stemmed herbs can be tied in small, loosed bundles. These bundles can be hung upside down in a well-ventilated location such as an enclosed porch or spare room where they will not be exposed to direct sunlight. To protect the herbs from collecting dust, take a large paper bag and place around the herbs and close the bag around the stems with string to hold the bag in place.

Herbs that have short stems can be dried on a rack. Make sure they are spread out and turn them each day so they do not mold. It will take about two weeks for herbs to dry completely.

For information, check out Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County’s Home and Garden Fact Sheets at http://cceoneida.com. Look up Harvesting and Preserving Herbs fact sheet.

Holly Wise is a resource extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County. Look for more gardening tips in the Observer-Dispatch or online at www.cceoneida.com.



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