Like everyone, I LOVE those charming magazine photos of herbs and bouquets hanging in a country kitchen…
However, using this method for certain herbs such as thyme, basil, oregano, roses, etc, we are likely to find our perfectly dried herbs and flowers … all over the floor.
Today I want to share a fun and effective way of how to dry herbs easily, and fashionably too!
It’s also a great way to save garden seeds, and attract fairies!
You do believe in fairies, right? =)
So here’s our magical secret: ballerina tutu fabric, aka, nylon tulle.
This fabric is not only oh-so-pretty, it also holds its shape almost like a little container so the herbs won’t get compacted.
Its fine mesh keeps the dust out while allowing plenty of air circulation.
Herbs such as bay or lavender do not fall off easily when dried, so they won’t need this method.
But many herbs and flowers, such as thyme, or the leafy herb lemon verbena, which has such a lemony fragrance, becomes very brittle when dried, so this is a great way to dry them.
To dry herbs, first get the fabric (about $1 per yard at the fabric store) and cut them into 18″ squares. Feel free to vary the size according to the type of herbs you are drying.
Next either tie a bundle of herbs and then tie the fabric around the bundle, or for smaller herbs like thyme, you can put sprigs of them directly inside the fabric, then gather the fabric and tie a string to it.
Hang these little bundles from a branch, make sure they are out of direct sun light, and in a well ventilated space.
In 2-5 days, the herbs will be all perfectly dried and ready for use in the home!
Not only is this pretty fabric a great help for drying herbs, it’s also really useful for saving garden seeds.
Seeds from these beautiful seed heads of cilantro, onion, fennel, and carrots can fall off before we catch them. We can save some for the next season, while leaving plenty for our feathered friends.
To do so, just tie a piece of tulle around the seed head once the flowers finish blooming and seeds begin to form. As thee seed ripens, it will fall into the fabric bundle. How easy is that?
And all our garden fairies will be happy too because they too, love this dreamy fabric! =)
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Happy growing! xo