One Planet Living: Day Five: 2017
Todays small green action. Drying herbs. Mint often gets leggy and infected with rust at this time of year. But if you cut it back and give it a good water it will grow back beautifully in just a few weeks and you can easily dry the cuttings.
After drying dusty rosemary last year - it was basically unusable - I've learnt my lesson. Rinse your herbs before you dry them! I usually just create a bunch and hang it up. At the apex of our roof we have a skylight - so I've just hung my mint on a doorknob nearby to make the most of this warm dry space. When I previously lived in a not-so-dry house I used to put herbs in my car to dry - makes the car smell great!
For smaller herbs I just spread them out on a tea towel covered tray. Watch where you put it though, my son Tom manged to kick the tray of thyme this morning and sent it flying. (Something houseguests eating any pizza at my place this year should probably keep in mind, as I chose to ignore the fact it had been on the floor and put it straight back on the tray).
Once your herbs are crunchy and dry you can just crumble them by hand into a bowl. Shake any stems or tough bits to the surface. These can then be composted. Then pop the good stuff into an air tight jar and label. I just use a vivid straight onto the lid - but you could go all out and make a fancy label!
While I'm writing this there is a little green finch gobbling up borage flowers in my vege patch - seems it is not just the bees that love it. If you'd like to invite more pollinators into your garden borage is your plant!
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