This year we were a bit late harvesting our herbs due to baby 4′s August arrival. Normally, we harvest in early spring before blooms emerge, again in mid-summer, then in late fall. This year, we harvested in late summer, but we will still have more than we need for the winter.
Why grow and harvest your own herbs?
- It’s easy! Most herbs love the cooler mountain air and its soil.
- Fresh herbs from the grocery store are expensive!
- Freshly dried herbs from your own garden taste 10 times better than any dried herbs from the grocery store.
How do we dry herbs?
- Cut them from the plant.
- Wash them in the sink (unless there was a rain).
- Tie them on the line to dry in a dry area with good air flow.
- Take them down after about 3 weeks.
- Store in an air-tight container.
I like to leave the leaves on the stems until ready to use. Perhaps, they retain more of their flavor this way, but it is more of a habit for me to do it this way than a reasoned act.
In the Homeschool: Children are able to learn where “seasoning” comes from. Herbs are not just from a container in the store, but are plants that we can grow and harvest ourselves. When they taste the difference on their pizzas, that is the reward!