Grow and Dry Your Own Herbs

When people think of planting a garden the first thing that comes to mind is vegetables. The typical home garden is a vegetable garden but more and more people are adding herbs to their gardens as well.

Growing your own herbs can be a rewarding experience. You can use the herbs you grow to flavor foods or create sweet smelling saches for drawers. Many herbs grow easily in most types of soil and are easy to harvest and prepare.

While you generally eat the fruit that grows from trees or the vegetables you get from your garden, it is the leaves and stems that are what you are after in an herb garden. The leaves and stems can be cut and used fresh or you can dry them for later use.

If you choose to dry the herbs, cut the stems and then carefully wash the stems and leaves. Pat them dry between two paper towels then hang them to dry. Once the moisture is gone, put the stem and leaves into a paper sack and allow the drying process continue. Once the leaves are crumbly, crush them into small flakes. You may need to dry them a little more in a warm oven. When the herbs are completely dry, store them in an airtight glass jar. The jars of dried herbs look lovely on your kitchen counter or window sill.

There are many different herbs you can grow for cooking, the most common growth herbs are: basil, chives, cilantro, mint, thyme, and sage. Herbs can be grown in the garden or in a pot on your porch. Many herbs also grow well in a sunny window sill. In the old days it was common to have a kitchen garden that was located close to the house. This is where the herbs were grown and it was close to the house so they were easy to get to while dinner was cooking.

Herbs are not only good for cooking, you can also grow herbs that help you feel good emotionally as well.

Lavender is a great herb to grow for its calming effect. The smell of lavender can make you feel relaxed and peaceful. In fact, lavender is used in many bedtime products for babies and adults alike. If you grow lavender, you can harvest both the purple blossom and the leaves of the evergreen plant. Both give off the wonderful aroma.

Toss some fresh lavender in a bowl and put it in the bathroom or a bedroom for instant calm. You can also put fresh or dried lavender in your bathwater for a soothing and relaxing bath. Keep some dried lavender in a jar in the bathroom to use anytime you feel a little stressed. In addition, you can put washed lavender into small saches and tuck them into dresser drawers to freshen them.

Growing your own herbs is very easy and can be richly rewarding. It is so nice to be able to cook with produce and herbs that you have grown yourself!

Source by Cathy H. Jones

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