The past few years we’ve always had an herb garden, and I’ll be honest I basically only planted them because I thought the railing boxes looked pretty. Each Summer the herbs would grow tall, and I would watch them until they started to go at the beginning of September. I would occasionally cut mint for my water, use basil if a recipe called for it, but other than that they pretty much went unused.
As we’ve started to move towards an all natural home - I started looking into the properties and benefits of herbs. While I was completely comfortable using my essential oils in my diffuser I had a major disconnect with what I was supposed to do with the herbs in my garden. The first thing I learned is that herbs need to be “dried” properly.
Herbs need proper airflow, and ventilation throughout the drying process which is why you often see them hanging in windows. Another way of drying them is to repurpose a window screen or create an herb drying screen of your own. This allows for the air to reach the herbs both on top, and bottom. You can stack your window screens on wood blocks, create a shelving system, or do what we did - create an herb drying screen from a wood pallet.
DIY Herb Drying Screen
-Pallet, Large Picture Frame, or Window
-(2) Painter’s Touch 2x Flat Black
-Generic Window Screen Gray
-Tarp or Paper for Spray Painting
Check out the process, and stay tuned for another post about what you can use your herbs for!