Herbs for Cooking & Dehydrating
Today’s post isn’t a recipe but food for thought instead. I bought these herbs from a local organic greenhouse today. I have been planting herbs every year and I add more to my collection each year.
This year I found lemon thyme and it smells just like lemon! I also bought bay leaf which I did not know is a tree. They talked to me extensively about how to grow this tree and they said I need to bring it inside and to use a grow light for the upcoming winter. OK I’ve tried this before with the annual herbs and it didn’t work but she said that is because they are annuals. So I will see how well the bay leaf tree grows outside and then decide if I want to keep it inside for the winter.
If you have never grown your own herbs before, they are very easy as long as you keep up with cutting pieces off of them. You will not believe how much better your recipes will taste using fresh herbs compared to the dried herbs in the store that who knows how old they are.
You can grow your herbs just about anywhere outside as long as you follow the instructions for sunlight and have the proper dirt. In the past I have grown my herbs in a raised bed in the garden. This year I am thinking about putting them in pots but I still haven’t decided. I have many bare spots in my perineal flower beds and instead of planting annuals I am thinking of planting the herbs. If anyone has an opinion as to pot planting compared to in the ground planting I would love to hear from you. I know they will stay moister in the ground but I get a lot of weeds here in the country and feel it will be easier for weed control if they are in pots.
I will use my herbs fresh all season long with my recipes and to garnish my plates. When the cold is near, or if I get too many herbs to use fresh, I will dehydrate them for the winter. If you click on the link below it is the link to a post I did back in 2017 on dehydrating herbs.