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9/29/2013 4:30:55 PM
Harvesting Live Herbs for the Winter

The weather is getting cooler and many people are asking us how they can save the herbs they have growing in their gardens.  Your best bet is to protect them from the cold weather. If you are growing them in a portable container, you can bring them inside on frosty days and nights. 

Or, if that’s not possible, you can cover them with plastic, cloth, or mulch to protect them from freezing temperatures.

If neither of those things are practical, you can harvest the herbs and then use one of the following two methods to keep them for wintertime use:

Freezing
  1. Rinse the herbs quickly in cold water and shake off the excess water.
  2. Chop coarsely.
  3. Place large pinches of herbs in an ice cube tray, cover with water, and freeze.
  4. Transfer the cubes to plastic bags or airtight plastic containers.
  5. Freeze until needed. 
Drying
  1. If the herbs are clean, do not wet them. Otherwise, rinse the foliage and shake off the excess water.
  2. Spread the herbs out to dry on paper towels until all surface moisture has evaporated.
  3. Remove any dead or damaged foliage.
  4. Tie the stems into small bundles with string, and hang them upside down in a warm, dry place out of the sun.  Make small, loose bundles, and allow for good air circulation around each bunch.
  5. To air-dry herbs with seeds, ties the herbs in small bundles and suspend inside a paper bag in a dark area with good air circulation. Collect the seeds when they are dry, and store in dark containers.
Sage, Thyme, Dill, and Parsley are easy to dry. But be careful with Basil, Mint, and Tarragon because each of these herbs may mold if not dried quickly.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions or suggestions.
 
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