Herbal Gardens are grown for medicinal (Mint, Marigold, Parsley, etc.) as well as culinary (Basil, Sage, Chive, etc.) purposes. These are especially good for container planting.
When planting, consider carefully what the height and spread of the herbs will be at maturity so that you achieve an even balance. Then trim plants when necessary.
How to dry herbs
There are many ways for you to dry herbs. You can air dry them, oven dry them or even microwave dry them.
- Air drying: Simply tie the cut herbs in bunches. About 5-6 flowers in every bunch, and hang them upside-down in a dark and dry place. About 70 degrees F. It can take a few days and up to weeks for them to dry out completely.
- Oven drying: Put the herbs on a cookie sheet in a thin layer and place them in a low setting oven.
- Microwave drying: Put the herbs on a plate and set the microwave on low. According to your microwave and how much herbs you have in it, it can take about 2-5 minutes.
Making herb tea
Making herb tea is very simple. Put one tablespoon of the kind of herb that you prefer in a tea ball and put it in one cup of boiling water. Let it simmer for about 5 – 15 minutes and itís ready to drink. If youíre using fresh herbs, you need to double the amount.
Herbal tea blend recipe:
Your favorite green tea leaves
1 T. dried Lemon Verbena
1 T. dried Spearmint
1 T. dried Lemongrass
Simmer as per directions above.
The herbs are ready whey they are as dry as paper and they crumble when you rub them between your fingers. Once the herbs are dry, store them in an air tight container. Keep the herbs in a dark and cool place for maximum freshness. Dried herbs can retain their medicinal value for years if stored properly.