Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.Og Mandino
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This year, right before spring actually took full force, my three-year-old and I decided to plant some seeds. We planted some basil, cilantro, and rosemary. Well, needless to say, the basil was the only one I managed to keep alive.
I was not prepared for it to grow so well and actually live! Well, our basil plant thrived and continues to thrive. Now that fall is right around the corner, I am unsure that my plant will live indoors in the winter. I decided I should do a little research.
After doing a little reading, I’ve concluded that my basil plant most likely will die…BUT, I can still reap the benefits of my basil plant by harvesting it and drying some leaves to use later.
I have NEVER done this before, so here it goes:
What you’ll need:
- basil plant (obviously)
- 2 rubber bands (or I used hair ties)
- paper bag
I then trimmed my basil at the stems, got rid of any yellow or dying leaves, and tied the stems together; poked holes in the paper bag to allow some air flow, and then tied the basil plant upside down to the paper bag. Stored it in a dark, dry area (my pantry) and now we wait!
I’m assuming it’s similar to drying out roses right? I will keep you updated on how well this works for me!
Watch the video to see how I did it.
My source for how-to dry basil was from Gardening Know how. I also recently read a blog post about dehydrating herbs at In Dianes Kitchen which has some great advice for drying homegrown herbs as well.
What is your experience with drying herbs? Have you tried to grow them at home yet?