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Parterre Herb Garden Update 2022

I wanted to provide an insight on the parterre herb garden update 2022. The culinary parterre is a delight to see and smell! Harvesting is a delight and a chore.

On a Wednesday in August we harvested the chives, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, and savory. Then we harvested the mints, the lavender, yarrow, and the echinacea, chamomile, rose hips, and hibiscus. It was quite a haul.

Timing Is Everything

When you pull a full harvest, you must always be ready to prepare them. The herb porter I bought from Monticello works like a charm. The bag is set on the frame and has drain holes so water and air can move about.

I use both a dehydrator and air hanging to harvest the herbs. Both work equally well. But the dehydrator is faster. Air drying in the house is a really charming affair.

Preservation Tips

After everything is sufficiently dried, you must store them properly. I just use old spice bottles and new labels. The medicinal herbs I just store in boxes lined with parchment paper.

The worst thing one can do with herbs is to harvest and not be ready to preserve. I have lost herbs to rot because I was unready to preserve them. Just be ready to spend the two hours prepping the herbs to dry.

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