Thursday, August 06, 2009

Calendula harvest

I've been harvesting herbs - calendula is flowering in abundance, one of my favourite herbs! Also raspberry leaves, lemon balm, mints, catnip, yarrow, sage, echinacea, lavender, st. johns wort, bergamot, comfrey, nettle, and basil are all ready to be harvested. I have converted our grow light stand in the kitchen into a drying rack, by adding mesh screening across the frames. I can quickly dry large quantities of herbs, then move them into paper bags to be stored in a cool dark location for best quality. I also have a larger herb drying area in the barn, hanging them off the rafters in bundles. There is good air circulation and a cross-breeze in the barn loft which is key to quick drying.

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