Harvesting Herbs for Drying

by Cynthia mybloggingplanet.com

Peppermint on my deck

As you can see in the picture above, the peppermint I have growing on my deck is more than ready to be harvested. It is actually in two containers and I have them placed side by side.

Seeing that the peppermint and a few other herbs in my garden are in need of gathering right now, I thought I would post this little tip on what I do when I harvest my herbs. I have been doing it for many years now and it works out really well.

The evening before I plan on harvesting my herbs I go out and wash them with a gentle spray of water. This removes dirt and other little things (like insects) that might be clinging to the leaves. One important thing to remember about harvesting herbs is you want them free of water when you are going to dry them for later use. Washing them off in the garden the night before picking eliminates having to wash them after you gather them. By morning they are nice and dry as well as clean and ready to be picked!

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