A few posts back I spoke of my desire to have a true Herb garden. While I'm years away from that, I've got to say, I am a little excited about my mini harvest last weekend. After doing some yard work, we noticed that my oregano had just taken over the small garden. Because the entire family has really enjoyed using this herb in our meals, I was sad to think about it being lost in the frost. Therefore, we decided to do a harvest and save some for such a time.
But the oregano isn't alone. I decided to also dry some Rosemary and Lavender, as well.
The key to a good herb harvest is making sure you do it when the leaves are dry. With the lavender, you want to wait until the buds are "just right". A fully open and blooming lavender flower won't dry and be utilized for sachet as well as a closed bud.
Cut the plants with a shear and bind with either a rubber band or ribbon.
They will sit for around 2 weeks, or until completely dry. Once dry, gently remove the leaves from the stems and store in an airtight container.
After the harvest, I got a little excited, and carried away. Thanks to a nice surprise, I was able to plant about 8 additional USDA Certified organic herbs. I've started them in reused containers (aren't I green?!?!) and estimate that we'll be able to plant them outside within a few weeks, having at least one or two harvests before our first cold snap (love living in Texas!).