Chocolate mint in the front
porch garden has gone wild.
It needs to be more tidy.
It's time to harvest some herbs.
My pile of freshly cut herbs
a container for leaves, scissors,
and a bucket for pruning waste.
A plastic bowl makes a good
container for herb leaves,
as it prevents them from being
blown away by a gust of wind.
10 Herb Harvesting Tips
(1) For most herbs, harvest the leaves before the plant flowers. After flowering, herbs generally become bitter or less potent.
(2) Early morning is the best time to harvest herbs. That's when they're tender and produce the most oils.
(3) Do not wash herbs, as that can strip them of essential oils. If you want to remove lurking worms, spiders, or ants, shake the herbs vigorously.
(4) Constant pruning is good for most leaf herbs. They'll grow back as long as conditions are right.
(5) Herbs taste best when used fresh. During the summer you can cut what you need out of your garden, as you need it. Drying herbs will enable you to store them, but they won't be as flavorful.
(6) Let your herbs air dry. You'll be surprised at how quickly a big pile of herbs dries -- and shrinks in volume once the water is depleted.
(7) Fragrant herbs like lavender, mint, and rosemary will release some oils into the air when you crush the dried leaves or flowers to put them into a container. Better than room deodorizers, scented candles, or incense.
(8) Learn about the many uses of your herbs. Try using aromatic herbs in cooking. For example, you can add lavender flowers to sugar for an interesting flavor twist.
(9) Be sure your herbs are completely dry before storing them, or you'll get mold.
(10) Store dried herbs in an air-tight jar and keep them in a cool, dry spot.