|Remember my strawberry pot filled with herb plants?|
'kay well.. since that first picture back in June, the basil, sage, thyme, chives and lemon verbena went wild crazy and I couldn't use it fast enough.. I did end up losing my cilantro and dill - much to my disappointment. The parsley was the only plant that I used just as quickly as it would grow - so I ended up planting 3 more plants that we hung from the new fence. Something to remember? Squirrels (lil fakkers) like parsley. Ugh.
Anyhoo.. the nice weather is leaving soon *sob* and I wanted to see if I could refresh my lil loverlies so I decided to chop them all down and see if I could dry them in my dehydrator. It seemed to work pretty damn well, although I was shocked (silly me!) at how teensy, tiny everything got! I had a mountain of lemon verbena and basil and after it dried.. well.. yeah I might have a TBS of basil and 1/2 c. of lemon verbena. Sheesh! That's okay though.. at least these plants will not have gone to waste and I'll be able to use them this winter, which makes me happy =)
Here are the before and after pics.. I let them dry for about 6 hours in the machine and they kept their glorious color and scent. I'm going to crush them this afternoon and store them in airtight containers - and maybe, just maybe, all the plants will produce enough so that I can dry them again before winter hits.
Fresh Lemon Verbena
Dried Lemon Verbena
Dried Parsley, Chives and Thyme
I kinda forgot to take a picture of the fresh parsley, chives and thyme. Oops! ;)
Question for yous guys.. if I were to bring the strawberry pot inside this winter, do you think the plants would continue to grow?