DIY Drying Racks – How to Build a Drying Rack for Food Preservation

Drying ChamomileMy friend Patric is a regular Mr. Fix-It. He taught me how to use an electric drill and build raised beds when I first starting my gardening business. He also happens to be a restaurateur, and his first restau- rant was this beautiful Italian place that he practically built by hand. One afternoon, I was in the basement where all the prep tables are for the kitchen. Behind the table where cooks were filling ravioli was an entire rack of screens used for drying the pasta. I took one look at them and immediately thought they would make awesome drying racks for leaves and seeds.  Continue reading

How to Propagate Your herbs

Taking a Cutting: Cloning Your Plants Some plants root out from the stem, making them excellent candidates for cuttings. Examples include Figs — like the one my friend Sarah clipped — Lavender, Lemon Balm, Mint, Scented Geraniums, Tarragon, Sage, Lemon Verbena, and Oregano. (Yes, many plants can be propagated in both ways — use the one most convenient for you.) As a general rule of thumb, take a cutting from new plant growth. This is best done in late spring or early summer — cuttings prosper in warm conditions. This also allows enough time for the cutting to put on some new growth without the stress and cold of winter. 1. On some plants, new growth comes in the form of a side shoot; in others it grows from the top of the plant’s branches. Choose the newest growth and cut about a five inch length just below a set of … Continue reading